Many of you might remember my brother who until recently worked at the Meijer Branch. For the purposes of this article we'll just call him Lizard Boy.* Well, apparently Lizard Boy thought working with books was way too droll, and he would much rather work with happy things like boomslangs, giant japanese salamanders (think 4ft, 26lbs, and with a single bite eat a whole trout!), and a mischevious white alligator who likes to bite. So Lizard Boy packed his things and wife, and moved to the mega-metropolis of Omaha to work at the Henry Doorly Zoo in the Desert Dome which may or may not look something like this -
(Oh yeah and if you check out the Zoo's website, which I don't really recommend because it's lame, but if you do, realize the Zoo is much, much cooler than their site. I know because I was there :)
My favorite Lizard Boy zoo story so far, is that he has to climb in with the giant japanese salamander to clean out his tank. The only problem? His tank is like 50 degrees fahrenheit. That might not sound too bad, but try drawing a bath at 50 degrees and let me know how it turns out. I once went snorkeling in southern California in December in 53 degrees water, and I thought I was having a coronary. Needless to say, being in that much shock with an animal that could take a sizeable piece of your hand is somewhat exhilarating. So if you're ever in the Omaha area and want to see an ex-Librarian working with dangerous animals, stop by the zoo and look up Lizard Boy.
* Names have been changed to protect the innocent