Journalist turns zoo keeper

Stourbridge News reporter, Kelly Harris, swopped office life for DZG life when she tried her hand at zoo keeping!

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Donning waterproofs and wellies, Kelly worked alongside keepers and helped them care for some of the site’s rarest animals.

Starting her day on the farm, Kelly got stuck in mucking out the sheep and feeding kune kune pig, Bob, before she joined Lower Primate keepers in giving the Monkey Tails’ residents their breakfast, as well as the mid-morning drink to the site’s seven chimpanzees.

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Kelly also got a hands-on meeting with the cheeky boys in Lemur Wood, as she explored the one-acre walkthrough exhibit before receiving an affectionate lick from Bornean orangutan, Benji!

She also faced her bird apprehensions by flying a great horned owl, witnessed an Elliot’s pheasant chick hatching and went poolside to deliver sprats to 67 eager Humboldt penguins.

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And all before tickling three Brazilian tapirs, feeding Rothschild’s giraffe, Mia, and finishing her day getting up close to snow leopard, Margaash and Sumatran tiger, Daseep!

Kelly, said: “I had a great experience as a zoo keeper and discovered so much about the different animals I met.

“I particularly enjoyed feeding the saki and squirrel monkeys and getting the opportunity to stroke the hand of an orang utan and to get so close to a tiger was just amazing.”

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See Kelly’s story . . .

http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/11195990.Reporter_goes_behind_the_…

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Donning waterproofs and wellies, Kelly worked alongside keepers and helped them care for some of the site’s rarest animals.

Starting her day on the farm, Kelly got stuck in mucking out the sheep and feeding kune kune pig, Bob, before she joined Lower Primate keepers in giving the Monkey Tails’ residents their breakfast, as well as the mid-morning drink to the site’s seven chimpanzees.

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Kelly also got a hands-on meeting with the cheeky boys in Lemur Wood, as she explored the one-acre walkthrough exhibit before receiving an affectionate lick from Bornean orangutan, Benji!

She also faced her bird apprehensions by flying a great horned owl, witnessed an Elliot’s pheasant chick hatching and went poolside to deliver sprats to 67 eager Humboldt penguins.

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And all before tickling three Brazilian tapirs, feeding Rothschild’s giraffe, Mia, and finishing her day getting up close to snow leopard, Margaash and Sumat