Welcome to Animal House
News source: The Courier-Mail, Wednesday 3 May 2006
By Alex Murdoch
QUEENSLANDER Claire Madden plans to use her 15 minutes of Big Brother fame for a good cause – campaigning for animal rights.
The 22-year-old, who worked as a keeper at Australia Zoo until entering the house, is passionate about animal protection and conservation and just wants to get her face known, her mother Jenny Madden says.
“She thought because she's a nobody, getting onto a show like Big Brother would increase her profile, so when she does speak on those issues, people will listen,” Ms Madden said.
But Claire is yet to discuss her animal passion inside the Big Brother house and, as one of five people up for eviction this week, time could soon be running out.
Along with Dino, Elise, Michael and Tilli, Claire will find out on Sunday whether she will stay or go – with Australian betting agency Centrebet placing Elise as the odds-on favourite (at $1.61) to get kicked out of the house.
Fortunately, Claire is considered the least likely to leave the house at $17.
Meanwhile, Jenny Madden said she was keeping an eye on Claire inside the house, and was relieved to say she was definitely “being herself”.
“I just watch it to make sure she's okay – she's coping, so I'm happy,” she said.
But don't expect to see Claire getting hot and heavy with any of the housemates, her mother warns.
“She's got her reasons for being in there so I know she's not going to be a sexual type person,” Ms Madden said.
In the meantime, she said, Claire would definitely miss her day job, playing with Australia Zoo's cheetahs all day.