Welwyn Garden City pet shop goes wild this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 15:12 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 08 December 2017

Say hello to a chameleon at Tails and Scales. Picture: Freeimages.com/m4tik

Say hello to a chameleon at Tails and Scales. Picture: Freeimages.com/m4tik

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Tails and Scales pet centre is bracing itself for an invasion of animal visitors tomorrow (Saturday, December 9) – whether winged, spiky or even colour changing.

Tails and Scales staff handle Falkor, a 15 ft python, last year. Picture: Karyn Haddon Tails and Scales staff handle Falkor, a 15 ft python, last year. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Between noon and 5pm the shop in Haldens will hold its third annual Christmas open day.

They will get a visit from animal handler Garg with one of his animal parties, with the chance to say hello to a fruit bat, two meerkats, a scops owl, and a tenrec – an adorably tiny breed of hedgehog.

This is in addition to the exotic menagerie already in the shop, including a chameleon, millipede, leopard gecko and snakes.

“It’s going to be a good day – a little bit crazy!” said Rose Thorpe, the event organiser.

She says the event is best for toddlers and upwards, as there is not much room for buggies in the shop.

There will also be a children’s drawing competition to design a sign for the bird feeding section, and a competition to guess the number of dog biscuits in the jar.

Prizes include a box of jelly babies, a voucher for a cartoon family portrait, and – of course – a jar of dog biscuits.

Rose was keen to ensure that the Christmas zoomania doesn’t result in unwanted pets, however.

She said: “We always advise people to think about it before they decide.

“It’s a cliche but a pet really is not just for Christmas, they are a big responsibility.

“We say, come and speak to us, give us a call – we’re happy to help.”

The event tomorrow is between 12pm and 5pm, and is free of charge. Garg’s Animal Parties will be there at around 3.30pm.

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