There were smiles all round including from Brazilian tapir, Chico when Cameron Gray took part in a DZG Little Zoo Keeper experience.
Cameron was surprised with the gift by his mum, Karen, for his birthday, after a friend of hers recommended the adult experience and travelled from Leigh in Greater Manchester to take part.
Cameron joined keepers in helping muck out the farm’s animals, before feeding the penguins and meeting a few smaller zoo animals as well as getting the opportunity to tickle tapirs, Chico, Meena and Ronnie in the South American paddock.
Karen, said: “Cameron found the whole day to be a fun and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
“He particularly liked learning more about the animals he met, what their names were and how they were looked after.”
DZG’s Little Zoo Keeper experiences are suitable for children from eight-years-old.