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Nacogdoches native, animal co-workers pay visit to NISD elementary students

Bailey Wier, 23, plays with Jasper, a friendly boa. It’s just one of many animals he works with as an animal educator. (Source: KTRE Staff) Bailey Wier, 23, plays with Jasper, a friendly boa. It’s just one of many animals he works with as an animal educator. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Hilga, a baby kangaroo is the most popular animal Wier takes on the road. (Source: KTRE Staff) Hilga, a baby kangaroo is the most popular animal Wier takes on the road. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Wier works for Barn Hill Preserve, based in Ethel, Louisiana. Wier works for Barn Hill Preserve, based in Ethel, Louisiana.
Wier brought his menagerie to his former elementary school, Fredonia Hill Academy. (Source: KTRE Staff) Wier brought his menagerie to his former elementary school, Fredonia Hill Academy. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

A Nacogdoches native has no complaints about his co-workers even though one sticks his tongue out all the time, another refuses to talk, and yet another isn't potty trained.

Bailey Wier has no complaints about Jasper, the red tail boa that is constantly sticking his tongue out at visitors. And when Kiwi, the parrot refuses to talk, that's OK, too.

"He's my buddy,” Wier said. "Give me a kiss."

And Bailey even puts up with kangaroo Hilga's, frequent diaper changes.

“Literally, I had never changed the diaper in my life before I started the job, and I've still never changed a human baby diaper, but I've changed hundreds of kangaroo diapers,” Wier said.

It's all part of his job as a mobile animal educator for Barn Hill Preserves in Ethel, Louisiana.

"I'm really excited about having a great show with y'all,” Wier said.

The 23-year-old communications/hospitality major has always been an animal lover, but he thinks his stage presence actually landed him the job.

"I've always been really good with people, in front of a camera and on stage, and I love kids, so it seemed like a really good gig,” Wier said.

We caught up with Wier at his old elementary school at Fredonia Hill Academy.

“It's just really cool to give the faculty and the kids that wow factor,” Wier said.

"I mean, this is like a bucket list thing,” a teacher said.

“A wow factor is hard to get for free nowadays, so what more could you ask for?” Wier said.

As you can see Hilga earns her own keep. Barn Hill doesn't charge for any of the shows, but she does charge a little bit for pictures.

The cash helps keep Barn Hill's educational animal programs hopping all over the southeast United States with occasional stops in the Northeast.

Hilga has a job until she hits her terrible twos.

"I always call it their terrible 'roos,' but it's when they start kicking and fussing,” Wier said.

And Kiwi could work into his 40s, even if he doesn't talk.

"Let's all give Kiwi a big round of applause,” Wier said.

And Bailey says as long as he's having fun he's happy with his animal friends.

You can find out about Barn Hill Preserve at their website and on Facebook.

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