one of the perks of working in TV news is getting up close and personal with creatures you otherwise only get to see from the other side of a piece of glass or a chain link fence.
that's right. i'm talking lions, tigers and bears. oh my!
okay, not lions... yet.
but tigers and bears? you bet.
every few weeks, we have four-legged creatures visit our newsroom to appear on our morning program. before their moment in the spotlight, they spend a few minutes relaxing around our cubicles while we act like the paparazzi, snapping photos and asking lots of questions.
most often, these visitors come from one of our local zoos, courtesy of an excellent wildlife expert. it's said you learn something new every day. on the days the critters come to visit, i know that's true.
i have learned that baby bears need to be taught everything, including how to drink milk, and that arizona has the most venomous snakes in the country. i've learned that penguins are fearless and even a bit aggressive and that otters have a stink that will stay on your hands all day, no matter how much you scrub them clean.
sometimes, behind the scenes, my job is less about the news of the day and more about getting an education on the world at large. on these days, i feel so lucky.