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Forest Park Zoo Hosts A Visitor From The North Pole

The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center is a ZAA accredited non-profit organization governed by the Forest Park Zoological Society.  The zoo is nestled within a 735 acre municipal park in Springfield, Massachusetts.

For the last two weeks, they’ve been hosting a special visitor all the way from the North Pole.

A little elf named Irwin made his debut on the zoo’s Instagram and has been spotted throughout the zoo, keeping an eye on the animals and their keepers through the hashtag #ElfAtTheZoo.  Follow along on Instagram @forestparkzoo.

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It looks like Goliath, an African spurred tortoise wasted no time whispering his wish list to Irwin.  Our guess is he asked for lots of lettuce!

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The little elf was next seen hanging out with Sal, the Chinese water dragon.  Elves need tans too, right?

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Uh oh.  Getting prepared to meet Pepe the skunk…just in case.

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Quit clowning around, Irwin.

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Irwin really came in like a wrecking ball.  Blue and gold macaw Poncho was left unimpressed.

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After much goofing off, it was time to get down to business by cutting up fresh veggies and preparing meals for the zoo’s many animals.

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Being an elf comes with great responsibility.  Luckily, “eat lots of cookies” was checked off the list early.

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Festive decorations and winter crafts are important this time of year.  Just in time for Zoo Camp!

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Once Irwin met all the animals at the zoo, he made it all the way to a local television studio with Ethel the donkey to meet host Ashley for Mass Appeal, a daily lifestyle program aired by 22 News.  Some of Forest Park Zoo’s animals were featured during the Mass Appeal zoo spotlight.  You can watch the clip, here.

Happy holidays from Massachusetts!




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