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Zoo day in Orient

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:19 p.m. CDT
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Cheyenne Huddleson touches the shell of a gopher tortoise at Orient Public Library Tuesday. Audrey Sidey with Blank Park Zoo said the tortoise was 15 years old and can live more than 100 years.
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Audrey Sidey with Blank Park Zoo shows the slinky body of a domestic ferret to a crowd of children and parents at the Orient Public Library Tuesday.
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Emma and Ella Boswell of Orient get a close — but not too close — look at a tarantula at Orient Public Library Tuesday. More than 40 children and parents were able to see a bearded dragon, domestic ferret, tarantula, gopher tortoise and American alligator up close.

More than 40 children and parents were able to get an up close experience with five animals from the Blank Park Zoo Tuesday at the Orient Public Library. Audrey Sidey gave a short presentation for each animal —bearded dragon lizard, domestic ferret, tarantula, gopher tortoise and American alligator — and fielded questions about the animals and the zoo.

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