On the first of June a fine selection of Rats and Mice, one pepped up human and one sleepy one piled into a car to make the journey to the Grovely Tafe Campus. Was only a short journey but one filled with anticipation.
Once we arrived we loaded our rodents onto our carry trolley and headed to class. As we entered the room we were met with a chorus of “awwes” and as we set up one student remarked with some disdain towards the animals, “My mum doesn’t like rats and mice so I have to sanitize my hands after.” I had to internally roll my eyes at this but continued to set up my beloved pets.
The teacher as always was ecstatic to see us, cooed over the animals and welcomed us back.
And then we started the talk itself.
First point was to promote our awesome sponsors, Back2nature, Vetafarm, Laucke Mills and Tropical nights. I gave a brief description of each and our gratitude for having them all.
All points of the talk went well, we had a few laughs and lots of learning. At the end we had a few good questions, followed up by my favourite “Can we come pat the rats and mice now?” to which the answer was yes.
Up the students rushed to crowd around the animals. Taking turns to gently hold and coo over how cute they were. The does were happy to have a massive network of hands and shoulders to explore. The bucks more happy to chill in cradled arms.
Even the few students who started less keen on them were grinning and laughing at the antics of our most loved pets. And isn’t that the entire point of this? That is my favourite part of the day. That my mission to educate the public on the awesomeness of Rats and Mice was a success even with just a few students.
So ended the day, we headed home happy with our achievement and keen for the next semester.