(09/10/13) - You might say the Saginaw Children's Zoo is now home to a pair of very special tenants.
"They made their journey here on Thursday. It's really exciting. We're very happy to have new residents here, and they're both very young, and Lilly is expecting a baby next month," said Robin Carey, Saginaw Zoo education supervisor.
Lilly and Rose aren't just any alpacas. They come from a championship winning bloodline.
"They're show quality. They're worth thousands of dollars, and it's just an amazing donation, because we would never have been able to pay outright for these," Carey said.
The girls were donated to the zoo by a Waterford woman, in memory of her mother Joyce Kitchen, an elementary school teacher who died of cancer in 2012.
"She really liked these alpacas. It was kind of her passion. She's just thrilled because she knows her mother would be thrilled that they're getting used to educate children," Carey said.
The zoo is planning a big welcome to the neighborhood event on Sept. 28 and 29, in conjunction with National Alpaca Farm Days.
"We're going to celebrate the new arrivals. We're going to have a little birthday party for Rose, because she'll be turning a year old next month, and then we're having a little baby shower for Lilly, so there will be all sorts of activities for families and kids to join in," Carey said.
The arrival of Lilly and Rose is only the kickoff of what will be a very busy couple of months at the Saginaw Children's Zoo.
"Zooberfest, which is our fall harvest event on the twenty-first, and then we're having our Halloween celebration, which is always exciting, and that's the last two weekends in October, and we have lots of other things planned, leading up until a really big spring, but I'm going to keep a little bit of that until springtime," Carey said.
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