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Haliegh McGee, age 5, and her sister Asia, age 8 look at the Madagascar hissing cockroaches. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Nashville Zoo Outreach Coordinator Robin Mahoney brought new pals to the Lebanon-Wilson Public Library on Tuesday as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program.

The crowd was first introduced to Spike, a green Nanday Conure parrot from South America. With a little persuasion – in the form of sunflower seed treats – Mahoney convinced Spike to show kids a few of his tricks. One of these tricks included taking a flight across the library to pick up a dollar bill and bring it back.

Mahoney next brought out Scarlet, a scarlet macaw parrot. She said that there are 16 species of macaw, including the scarlet and the hyacinth, which are known for their bright blue colors.

“They are all very pretty and colorful,” she said, before sharing some facts about the 30-year-old bird. “Parrots can live 60 to 80 years and can mimic and imitate the things we say. They may not understand what they are saying, but they can mimic us.”

Scarlet got on the microphone and said two words, “hello” and “Scarlet.”

Children also met Charlie, a porcupine, and some Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

There is still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, just visit the Lebanon-Wilson Public Library or call 444-0632 for more information.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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