Exotic animals to visit local store

Published 11:52pm Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Editors Note: Due to inclement weather, Wednesday showing of the Staples Safari was postponed. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my!

Well, maybe not bears, but Calhoun Foods will have live, exotic animals such as lions and tigers at the store’s location on J.L. Chestnut Boulevard beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

A lion and monkeys will be shown Wednesday, while a camel will be displayed Thursday and a tiger on Friday.

Calhoun Foods manager Jimmy Coleman said the opportunity to bring in animals like this was a first for the store.

“We think what people know about Calhoun is we try to stay involved in the community,” Coleman said. “This was something out of the norm for us to have come to us.”

The animals come with the Staple Safari and their owner Brian Staples, who has already made one appearance in Selma this year.

Staples spent three weeks at the Selma Flea Market showing off rescued animals including lions, tigers, monkeys and a camel.

Coleman said there would be shows by Staples in conjunction with the chance to take pictures.

“The first show will begin at 3:30 p.m. so students from school can come and see,” Coleman said. “The animals will be out from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but we didn’t want to start the shows without the children.”

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