LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Kids across the South Plains will flock to the Science Spectrum for the 15th Annual Critterfest this weekend. Among the many kids expected, one special girl will be there, but not as a patron.
Most kids have a dog or a house cat for a pet, but 7-year-old Taylar Terranova has tigers, elephants, monkeys, and more. About 100 animals live on her family's property. "We help feed them sometimes, and last year we were in the circus with them, and it was a lot of fun," Taylar said.
Her dad, Doug, is a wildlife trainer. This weekend, it's Taylar and her sister's job to help behind the scenes with the elephants and tigers at Critterfest. "They come up, and they help to take care of the animals. They play with them a little bit, and they're in with the elephants," said Doug Terranova, who started working with wild animals at age 11.
Terranova says the shows are the easy part of his job, "There's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that goes into the work."
In order for the animals that make up Critterfest, it took five vehicles and 13 people to transport 17 animals from the DFW Metroplex to Lubbock for Critterfest 2009. With the help of his staff, and his girls, Terranova is doing what he loves, and Taylar doesn't mind helping out with the family business.
Critterfest 2009 ran Thursday through Sunday. That is one day longer than last year. Organizer James Nesmith says at least 9,000 visitors toured Critterfest '09.
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