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June 11, 2017

DENVER ZOO ANIMALS BLESSED AT CHURCH DURING “BLESSING OF THE WILD ANIMALS” SERVICE

Non-denominational, community event celebrated life and all animals

Some of Denver Zoo’s animal residents were blessed this morning by pastors of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church for a special “Blessing of the WILD Animals” service. Members of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors program were walked to the church’s chancel by keepers in a procession before being blessed as a group. The non-denominational, community event was meant as a celebration of life and all animals.

A monitor lizard, opossum and hawk were just a few of the dozen animals that were at the ceremony. Afterwards, the animals and their handlers remained to meet and educate the public and pose for pictures. This is the event’s third year in which the church’s pastors celebrated the animals’ wildness.

Though the service was based on similar ones in other parts of the country, the public was asked not to bring their own pets as they would have been disruptive to the Zoo’s animals.

The Zoo also offered free admission to families who presented a service bulletin from the day’s church service at the Zoo’s main entrance.

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