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ZOO NEWS

Miniature donkey born at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo's Indiana Family Farm area

Get ready for the Scarecrow Safari Contest.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 11:33 am

Sept. 6, 2012

A miniature donkey was born in the early hours of Aug. 31 in the big red barn at the Indiana Family Farm. The female foal was the first for mother Naomi.

"The foal's belly and legs were still a little wet when we arrived at 7:30 in the morning," said zookeeper Sarah Sloan. It didn't take long for the little female, who is also named Sarah, to stand, walk and nurse.

By early afternoon, the foal was delighting visitors with clumsy romps around the outdoor yard while Naomi kept a close eye on her daughter.

With the birth of a little foal, three generations of female miniature donkeys now live in the Indiana Family Farm! You'll see little Sarah, her mother Naomi, and Naomi's mother, Esther, all living in the same stall. Because miniature donkeys are very sociable creatures, this arrangement suits them just fine.

Watch Sarah grow up over the last few weeks of the season! The zoo closes Oct. 14.

Scarecrow Safari Contest

Enter our 2nd annual Scarecrow Safari Contest during the Wild Zoo Halloween and win a free field trip!

Your family, school, scout or youth group can create and display up to three life-sized scarecrows as part of this special, "merry, not scary" exhibit. Almost anything can be used to create scarecrows as long as all items are weatherproof.

There is no cost to enter, and your scarecrows will be enjoyed by thousands of zoo guests! Download an entry form and guidelines at http://kidszoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2012_Scarecrow_safari_entry_form.

All groups will be entered to win free zoo admission for up to 10 children and 4 adults, a $139 value! Submit your entry form by Oct. 3, and set up your display Oct. 14-17.

Questions? Contact the zoo at 427-6808 or email education@kidszoo.org.

Read more about the Wild Zoo Halloween at http://kidszoo.org/programs-and-events/wild-zoo-halloween/.

Storytime continues through September

Join us for our free Storytime program every Tuesday and Wednesday in September!

Bring your favorite preschooler to the Australian Adventure Plaza at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy a story, silly song or fingerplay, and meet a friendly zoo animal.

No registration necessary. Free with zoo admission.

Cheryl Piropato is education and communications director at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.