By Thomas Steven John, Coma News Daily Future reporter
Some of our furry four-legged friends act as companions to families, guides to the disabled and aids to police and fire units. But other adorable, cuddly creatures are best left alone.
That is one of the many lessons Coma Elementary School students will learn on Friday when “reading wolverines,” brought to encourage reading, will escape and run rampant through the school.
The coming “weasel-pocalypse” came to this reporter in a sweat-soaked fever dream.
The delighted squeals of small children in Mrs. Black’s second grade class will give way to teachers screaming “They’re in the walls, they’re in the walls!” when several of the reading buddies chew through their steel mesh cages.
The frantic and disorganized school-wide evacuation may complicate future reading abilities of the children who struggle with reading and will now associate it with furry vengeance.
But the incident will do nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of leader the Paws to R.A.W. (Reading Assistance Wolverines) program, Natalie Peters.
“Wolverines listen to them in a nonjudgmental way,” said Peters, when contacted about the coming events. “It kind of breaks down the emotional barriers and the judgment because when teachers ask them to read they get nervous and uptight. There’s just something magical about a small animal snarling at you that helps build a lifelong love of reading.”
The program was implemented for the first time earlier this year at Coma Elementary. Each child has 20 minutes on Fridays to read one-on-one with the wolverine. The class started out with one of the small predators, a three-year-old Eurasian wolverine named Princess Buttercup. The cage-wrecking escape was likely caused by the addition of a second, eight-year-old North American wolverine, named Puddin-Head.
Town Councilman Jax Owen assured this reporter preventive safety steps would be taken.
“There’s no bag limit on these suckers, right?” Owen’s said.