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New at the Zoo

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The Little Rock Zoo today showed off Bakari, its new lion, as a promo for a coming zoo event. Coleman Dairy sponsorship will mean a dollar admission this Saturday.

Am I too sensitive? Something just struck me funny about reading that zoo officials planned to have the lion lap from a bowl of milk and play with a milk carton as part of the show.

UPDATE: Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui comments:

Our lions actually get regular milk treats and enjoy the treats very much. Placing cardboard boxes in their exhibit is something the keepers do regularly as enrichment for the animals. The boxes are usually stuffed with treats or a certain smell is applied to them to encourage the cats to attack the box. This is stimulating for the mind and provides exercise for the cats and is something we do regularly as part of our enrichment program for animals.

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