Mother and son fun!

A mother and son had a great day together when they became Keepers for a Day.

Sarah and Lewis Mcintosh travelled from Congleton for the experience, which was a surprise birthday gift for Lewis, who turned 14 years-old the day before.

The pair fed birds of prey, lemurs and giraffes and were even treated to an extra encounter with the tortoises, after Lewis revealed to keepers they were his favourite animal.

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Sarah said: “The day was absolutely brilliant. We didn’t think we would be so hands on as we were and we got to see so many animals.

“Giraffes are my favourite animal, so it was great to get up close and feed them.

Feeding the penguins was also amazing, especially meeting Peter the hand reared penguin, who we were able to stroke.

“We also got to fly a barn owl which was incredible but the lemurs which gave us the biggest surprise of the day.

“Not living close to Dudley Zoo we didn’t know much about Lemur Wood, but we were really excited when the keepers told us we’d be walking through a wood filled with lemurs. But we couldn’t believe it when they said we’d be feeding them and they would be jumping on us. That was a great end to our day.

“All the keepers we met were brilliant and when Lewis told one of them that tortoises were his favourite animal she took us into their enclosure, which I don’t think was a set part of the day and we spent a good 20 minutes in there with them and Lewis got to hold a big one and a little one, which he loved.

“We came away shattered, but we have over 100 photographs on our camera as all the keepers were happy to take photos of us throughout the experience, so we’re left with some great memories of a fantastic day.”