Brierley Hill animal fan Samantha Adams loved every second of her 11th birthday present when she became a DZG Little Zoo Keeper for a Day.
The Hagley Primary School pupil had a brilliant day meeting our yellow-backed chattering lorikeets, Red and Yellow, pictured right.
She also looked after our Brazilian tapirs and fed the Humboldt penguins.
Her mum, Jenny Higginson, said: “Samantha’s cousin had been a keeper at the zoo for a day and, a while ago, Samantha mentioned she would love to do the same.
“Samantha hadn’t said anything about it for a while but was really over the moon when I surprised her with the experience for her birthday.
“She loved every second! She was also really proud of herself as she doesn’t really like snakes, but she touched one during the day.”