Zoo animals get taste of the Irish

Zoo animals get taste of the Irish

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by Eric Adams

kgw.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Zoo offered shamrocks, rainbows and other St. Patrick's Day frivolity, complete with papier-mache gold pots, starting Wednesday morning at the Predators of the Serengeti exhibit.

Zoo conservation scientist Dr. David Shepherdson suggested that animals enjoy the St. Patrick's Day fun almost as much as their human counterparts who celebrate the Irish saint.

YouTube: Oregon Zoo St. Patrick's Day fun

"The animals really enjoy these enrichment activities," Shepherdson said. "They show a great deal of intelligence as they figure out how to get the treats inside -- it's very enriching for them."

Featured at this year's 10th anniversary St. Patrick's celebrations were the zoo's polar bear siblings, Conrad and Tasul, who who would be licking cream cheese shamrocks off of their windowed holding areas, zoo spokesman Bill LaMarche said.

"Our hope is that people will make strong emotional connections with the animals so they'll care more about their wild counterparts," Shepherdson added.

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