Academy girls with Exotic Animals

April 27, 2017


Photo Credit: Emily Bash (used with permission)

This is Zigzag, Emily Bash’s bearded dragon who enjoys roaming around as part of his curious nature.

Although Academy girls may seem to have normal hobbies and interests on the outside, they have some really crazy animal interests at heart. From sugar gliders to bearded dragons here are Academy girls’ most exotic pets..

Freshman, Kennedy Wilson, has fourteen chickens, horses, snakes and lizards.

Kennedy said, “This chickens name is Bouncer. We named her that because whenever we brought her treats she would jump up to our hands and grab the treats.”

Photo Credit: Kennedy Wilson (used with permission)
Kennedy’s family is very fond of their chickens and do not eat them, just their eggs.


Photo Credit: Kennedy Wilson (used with permission)
Kennedy said, “This Kenyan Sand Boa is named Oreo, he is two years old and about two feet long.”

Freshman, Emily Nash has a bearded dragon named Zigzag who loves to eat apples, lettuce, and crickets.

Photo Credit: Emily Nash (used with permission)
Nash said, “We used to have two bearded dragons and they ended up having babies and we were surprised with 20 bearded dragons all at once but we gave them to other people.”

Sophomore, Rachel Porter, houses many animals because her mother is an animal rehabber, so she has seen her fair share of exotic animals.

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This eagle was one of the rarest animals that Porters mother encountered in her career as an animal rehabber.


Photo Credit: Rachel Porter (used with permission)
This rescued fox finds comfort in a makeshift bed made out of towels and blankets.
Photo Credit: Rachel Porter (used with permission)
This young bobcat named Kitchi comes out from under her temporary bed made with the help of Porter and her mother.
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Porter puts Olivia, the otter, next to a stuffed otter showing that real otters could not get any cuter.
Photo Credit: Rachel Porter (used with permission)
Porter is helping drop feed this rescued hummingbird.

Sophomore, Gloria Bufano, used to have many cool animals when she was younger making her childhood very interesting. Her favorite pet was her Sugar glider who was named Chica. 

Bufano said, “I used to have a bearded dragon named Reptar and a leopard gecko named Ursafit along with Chica, my sugar glider.

Photo Credit: Gloria Bufano (used with permission) China enjoyed crawling and jumping or gliding around Bufano’s arms and shoulders.

Freshman, Sophia Arnold, has a pet holland lop bunny which are known for their excessively long and floppy ears.

Arnold said, “He is really funny which is rare in rabbits, most of them just sit and eat. He is really cute because he has floppy ears and he kind of looks like a very small dog.”

Photo Credit: Sophia Arnold (used with permission)
The fluffy bundle of joy is named Golden Versace but goes by bunny.

Junior Elizabeth Diaz has a Peruvian hairless dog named Fifi which she got when she went to visit family in Peru.

Diaz said, “When we got her she was two months old and couldn’t bring her back with us due to Peruvian laws involving the dog breed. It was not until six months that we were able to bring her home.”

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Diaz describes Fifi as very hyper and rough but extremely sweet.

Junior, Elena Schillinger, has two birds, a budgie and a finch who are very hyperactive and embody unique personalities.

Elena said, “When I take Dill out of cage he sometimes goes a little crazy and flies to random places so I have a series of pictures of him in strange places.”

Dill’s full name is actually Dillard Pickle Schillinger, but he goes by Dill for short. He’s a pretty shy bird and won’t come out of his cage if people are around. When he does come out, he will hang out on Schillinger’s finger and watch everything going on around him.

Schillinger said, “He gets pretty loud when a lot is going on in the house, because he will mimic the volume of his surroundings. I’m still working on having him learn to talk but he isn’t very social; it’s hard to get him to interact with people. Sometimes when I let him out of his cage, he’ll fly around and land somewhere funny so I have a lot of pictures of him in funny places like my brother’s head or on top of a picture frame.”


Photo Credit: Elena Schillinger (used with permission)
Schillinger said, “Finches can’t be hand tamed so he just lives in my room in a huge cage. When he had a smaller cage he used to escape all the time because he’s so tiny and he can easily fit through the bars of his cage. It’s nearly impossible to catch him once he’s out because he is so fast and he fits in any small space so now I keep a net in my room just in case he gets out.”


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