Kirsty’s on a mission

Keeper Kirsty Thornton is a woman on a mission when she takes her lunch break – and all because the lady loves her animals!

DZG-kirsty-webKirsty volunteers to make a daily dash for the town’s market stalls to see what tasty titbits she can pick up for primates and porcupines.

Juicy treats are very kindly put aside for the animals by stall holders and Dudley Council workers responsible for tidying up the market place.

Kirsty said: “Most days I leave a few minutes spare in my lunch break, and then make a mad dash to the market.

“Some of the stall holders save fruit and vegetables in boxes, and the council’s employees also look for tasty leftover food and keep it in their store room.

“There are some lovely treats, like grapes and bits of exotic fruit, as well as sweetcorn and parsnips, spring onions, plums and strawberries.

“A lot of the food goes to the primates, as I work on that section. The orang-utans, howler monkeys and capuchins regularly enjoy titbits I have collected from the market, and the crested porcupines also get some of the treats.”

CAPTION: Keeper, Kirsty Thornton, hand over a much-prized corn on the cob donated by market stall holders to a saki monkey.