Guests at the Homewood Public Library got an up-close look at Togo, an African straw-colored fruit bat. Sharon Peterson of Incredible Bats handles her pet with gloves because the bat tends to nip. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

Kids get up-close look at bats and other wild animals at library program

Sharon Peterson introduced the crowd to Maxie the skunk, Harriett the parrot, Virginia the possum, Togo the bat, Lulu the hedgehog, a trio of sugar gliders she calls the Powder Puff Girls, and Navoo the bald python.

Ahmir Bolden pets the African parrot that was part of Sharon Peterson's Incredible Bats program at the Homewood Public Library. Peterson gave lessons on her exotic pets during her program. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

Peterson took kids and their parents around the world during her presentation “Incredible Bats” July 13 at the Homewood Public Library, discussing her collection . . .

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