Ohio prison raises mealworms for rehabbed animals

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - A southeastern Ohio prison that raises trout for the Columbus Zoo has added another animal-feeding project to benefit a wildlife conservation center.

The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (http://ohne.ws/1eOm0re ) reports several inmates at the Southeastern Correctional Complex are raising mealworms to be fed to animals being rehabilitated at The Wilds in Muskingum County.

Inmates spend six to seven hours a day feeding and sorting the mealworms into bins based on the insects' different life stages, from eggs to adult beetles.

Inmate Rashon Streater says the high-protein mealworms are like vitamins for certain animals. They are eaten by creatures including birds, reptiles and fish.

Correctional Program Coordinator George Kennedy says he hopes to use the mealworm effort as a step toward creating an apprenticeship program in rehabilitating animals from The Wilds.

Information from: Lancaster Eagle-Gazette,http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com

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