Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM
Wednesday, Jul 9 at 6:42 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A veteran NASCAR driver is connecting local kids with animals for a hands-on learning experience like no other.
At 18 pounds, Hank may not be what you first think of when you picture a bunny, but he is definitely nosy, trying to get to know the kids who huddle around him.
The kids are nosy too, curious about the Flemish giant rabbit, and that’s the idea.
Welcome to Rescue Ranch. NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife Krissie built it as an educational tool.
“When you start teaching them now, that will carry on through their whole life and respect for animals carries on to respect for people,” said EJ Lewick, the marketing director at the ranch.
This summer kids are attending the first camps here.
“Education is the basis of everything that we do here and it gives us an opportunity to teach kids all about the different animals.”
Camper Olivia Reilly said, “I really like animals and I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up, so I thought this would be a good experience.”
There are goats out back, snakes, a bearded dragon and a dancing bird inside.
The camp helps get the kids thinking about how to treat animals, even snakes.
“I think it’s important because people don’t realize how similar they are to us,” Olivia said.