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Jackson 03/10/07

Zoo Day Celebrated with Animal Birth

It was anything but a lazy day for the animals and their keepers. For the first time in 18 years the Jackson Zoological Park celebrated the AT&T Zoo Day.

Mississippi musicians entertained families as they made their way through the zoo. Children enjoyed games and educational exhibits, while parents visited arts and crafts booths from local artists. Zoo officials planned a number of fun activities, but it was an unscheduled event that became the Zoo Day main attraction.

On Saturday, Christopher Mims with the Jackson Zoo said, "One of the most exciting things that happened today was we had a birth. Our tapir gave birth in front of thousands of visitors around 11:00 today. And it was just so extraordinary, so we've just had a wonderful day."

The baby tapir took his first steps while visitors looked on. Zoo officials say both mother and baby are doing well.

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