Animals Visited Endeavour While We Stayed Home

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Alexa, a keeper at the center, said this about her adorable friend: "We work with our rats every day and have been handling them since they first arrived here at less than a month old."
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She continues: "They are very used to us. This particular rat is one that I train (I am holding him) and so it seemed like he felt very comfortable on me and never tried to make a break for it! Since I am his trainer, I believe he associates me with reinforcements such as food, treats, and relationship because they are social animals."
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More from Keeper Alexa: "Pancake Tortoises are native to Kenya and Tanzania. They are crepuscular herbivores and get their name from their flat shells. This flat shell helps them to escape danger. In the wild, they will wedge themselves between rock crevices to evade predation!"
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"Their shell is also very light enabling them to run very fast! Pancake tortoises are Critically Endangered and their main threats are habitat destruction and over-exploitation in the pet trade."
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A handsome Red-Tailed Boa spent time in the center's Air + Space gallery. The snake is pictured next to the Mercury-Redstone capsule and the Apollo-Soyuz command module.
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