Marissa Armoogam shares a photo of her son Aadam Ali petting a snake at the Emperor Valley Zoo in Port of Spain. The zoo has a programme that allows the public to interact with the animals in the presence of a trained handler.
Petting animals dispels fears
Allowing children to pet animals educates them on local wildlife, habitat conservation, and ecology. Petting animals dispels any fears children may have of creatures known to be dangerous such as snakes, frogs, and giant lizards.