Meet the animal man

CLOSE ENCOUNTER Harry Shaw, eight, from Gosport meets a bearded dragon named Bruce during the That's the Animal Man Experience with Nick Spellman at Gosport Gallery, Gosport

CLOSE ENCOUNTER Harry Shaw, eight, from Gosport meets a bearded dragon named Bruce during the That's the Animal Man Experience with Nick Spellman at Gosport Gallery, Gosport

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MEERKATS, scorpions and lizards thrilled youngsters at a live animal exhibition.

Nick ‘Animalman’ Spellman entertained families at the Gosport Gallery on Monday with his mobile menagerie.

The gallery was packed all day with people who wanted to get up close to a barn owl, a meerkat, a scorpion, a chinchilla and a hedgehog.

Children were given the chance to pet the creatures and learn more about their natural habitats.

Sarah Greenaway, from the gallery, said: ‘It was really good. There was quite a mixed bunch. It was a really good way of using the gallery space when we haven’t got an exhibition in there and we got a lot of families in.

‘The meerkat was really popular and the whole thing was educational too. Each animal he got out he told them where it came from and a little bit about them.’

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