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WZZM 13's monarch butterfly, 'Bella Trece,' flies away

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The butterfly that emerged from its chrysalis at the WZZM 13 studios flew away, released for its trip to Mexico.

WZZM 13's Phil Dawson took custody of the chrysalis on Sunday, when he was covering the release of monarch butterflies at John Ball Zoo.  On the 11 p.m. news that night, he showed us the chrysalis, or butterfly in its pupal stage.

On Wednesday night, WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos, who had taken over the watch over the chrysalis, brought it back on the 11 p.m. news to show how the chrysalis was darkening -- a sign the butterfly was about to emerge.

On Thursday during the 5:30 & 6:00 p.m. news, the butterfly finally emerged.  Insect experts told us to let the butterfly mature for a day, then release it for its journey to Mexico for the winter.

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.