A local business which specialises in exotic creatures is becoming well known across the country.
Reptile Life in Ruskington, run by Rob and Susan Louth, recently featured in a live interview on Sky TV.
Susan said: “Reptile Life is growing rapidly and we are travelling the length and breadth of the UK.
“Only a couple of weeks ago we were asked to attend the Musselburgh race course in Scotland to exhibit and present our animals.”
She added: “We have extended into TV and media and are working very closely with local authorities, from helping the RCPCA and police remove animals from homes where they have been neglected, or where there is concern that there may be venomous snakes inside.
“We have even been exhibiting in shopping centres and provided crocodiles for children’s TV programmes.”
The business dedicates much time and resources to its exotic animal rescue and re-homing work and offers expert advice to the RSPCA and local vets with regard to exotic animals. Reptile Life has successfully managed to rescue and rehabilitate many animals, some with severe and extensive injuries.
Every year Reptile Life supports at least three charities and one of this year’s charities is The Future Sense Foundation, which helps underprivileged children in Africa by building schools and improving their education.
In support of this charity, Reptile Life will be holding an event at The New Life Church in Sleaford on bank holiday Monday, May 4, from 1pm.
The event offers people of all ages the chance to meet at close quarters an array of weird, wonderful and even scary creatures, with the opportunity to hold some of them. Tickets are £5 and available from Press to Play, Animal Magic and The New Life Centre, all in Sleaford, and from Reptile Life on 07973851218.
There is rarely a quiet moment for the pair, as Susan explained.
“We are extremely busy with children’s parties and school visits,” she said.
“We also plan to open an educational centre, whereby people can come and visit our exotic animals in a more naturalistic environment.
“It is impossible to take some of our animals out on display, like, for example, our water monitor lizard Mr T, who is so heavy and huge it’s not an easy task to move him. He is the next one down in size from a komodo dragon, the largest species of lizard in the world.
“Other favourites include our Eurasion Eagle Owl, the largest species of owl in the world, Stitch, the Burmese python and Dorothy our spectacled caiman.”