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Joe’s Craz-zy Critters

Abington High Graduate and his family teach kids about animals

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Staff Writer Kailey Campbell with Joe Kenney and his boa constrictor

Staff Writer Kailey Campbell with Joe Kenney and his boa constrictor

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Staff Writer Kailey Campbell with Joe Kenney and his boa constrictor

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Joe’s Craz-zy Critters is a business started and owned by a very dedicated man named Joe Kenney. On Friday November 29 we had the pleasure of meeting him and his younger brother Devin (Abington High School Class of 2011) at the Hanover mall during one of their shows. It was captivating and interesting; their love for animals is evident through their work. Even though it all seems to be going well now, Joe Kenney expressed that balancing schoolwork and the business is a major challenge. He created Joe’s Craz-zy Critters when he was just a freshman at Abington High School (Class of 2009). Back then, there was always homework to complete or a test to study for.  “Everything I learned in school went into the business,” said Joe Kenney

As you might expect, the classes that interested him most were sciences classes like biology.  Kenney is currently attending college at Bridgewater State and plans on majoring in Bio Med. When asked if he plans on doing this in the future he said, “Yes, but not as my primary job.” But, if given the opportunity, he would gladly expand the business to other countries.

Joe and Devin are not the only ones in this business. Most of the Kenney family works with them including two brothers, Joe’s girlfriend, and their parents. Joe’s family has also fostered monkeys for many years which would explain why they are his favorite. He claims they have characteristics unlike any other animal.

Kids gather around Joe Kenney at a recent show.

Kids gather around Joe Kenney at a recent show.

The show lasts about an hour and a half. They inform people of all ages the traits of of many different animal species. Some of the animals we learned about and hold were the boa constrictor, pixie frog, blue headed pionus, tegu lizard, bearded dragon, hedgehog, rose haired tarantula, and a desert hairy scorpion. While showing everyone each animal Joe would allow them to touch or hold them when it was safe to do so, and explain whether or not it would be a good pet, or what to do if this animal was seen on the side of the road. Overall this was an unforgettable experience and I have a new found respect for animals.

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