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"The best way to predict your future is to create it." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln High School Statesman

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln High School Statesman

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Unusual pets of LHS

Dogs and cats are the most common pets, although some LHS students have gone beyond the norm with unusual pets they take care of on a daily basis. (Artwork by Canva)

A person’s pet can hold a significant and special place in their heart. Whether it is a cat, dog or something more unusual, such as a turtle or a snake, these creatures can exist as a person’s best friend. There are endless variations of types of pets a person can choose from, but no matter the type, every pet has its own distinct personality. Get to know some of these unique and unusual pets belonging to the LHS community.


Used with Permission by LHS Students

Type: Horse
Owner: Mr. Rice
Age: 3 years
Favorite treat/toy: “She eats everything. She loves apples and carrots. She also has a favorite ball she plays with.”
Fun fact: “She used to be a wild mustang from Nevada.”












Type: Tree frog
Owner: Katlyn Soldatke
Age: 2 years
Favorite treat/toy: “He seems equally enthusiastic about all the bugs we give him.”
Fun fact: “His color changes depending on his temperature and mood. (Darker when cold and upset and lighter when he’s warm and happy). Also when we give him fireflies you can still see them glow for a while after he eats them.”










Type: Musk turtle
Owner: Sam Sahly
Age: 2 years
Favorite treat/toy: “He loves shrimp and likes to chasea fish around.”
Fun fact: “He likes to climb things.”













Fred, Summer & Lafanda

Type: Three Tiger salamanders
Owner: Oliver Comp
Ages: 4 years, 3 years and 3 years
Favorite treat/toy: “They like dried crickets and grasshoppers.”
Fun fact: “Salamanders like to swim as much as they like to bask in the sun.”














Type: Donkey
Owner: Mr. Blankenship
Age: 20 years
Favorite treat/toy: “He likes apple flavored horse treats.”
Fun fact: “He’s a rescue donkey.”










Type: Bearded dragon
Owner: Ashlyn Gramm
Age: A little over a year
Favorite treat/toy: “Bowie LOVES hornworms”
Fun fact: “Bowie loves to cuddle and lay on my chest, he’s more like a dog than a lizard.”














Type: Chinchilla
Owner: Isabella Krunitzky
Age: 5 years
Favorite treat/toy: “None, she just sits in her cage and poops all over the floor.”
Fun fact: “The chinchilla loves to run in this loud hamster wheel type thing.”














Type: Sunkissed corn snake
Owner: Makaila Mertes
Age: 9 months
Favorite treat/toy: “He doesn’t have treats or toys, but when the dirt in his tank is replaced he will dig in the dirt for hours.”
Fun fact: “At full size he will be about five feet.”

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Clara Binstock
Clara Binstock, Entertainment Editor
Clara Binstock is a senior, second-year staff writer and Entertainment Editor for the Statesman. She is involved in Spanish Immersion, NHS and Track and Field. Binstock can often be found wandering the LHS halls, most likely bugging her favorite track coaches Jaws and Rice. Outside of school, on the rare occasion that she is not with fellow staff member Ellen Merkley, she is likely to be found binging “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix or listening to Taylor Swift. Binstock plans on attending Augustana University after high school, so she can stay close to her cats. 
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