Annual zoo event is quite a treat

Hundreds of miniature fairies, monsters and super heroes converged on the Roosevelt Park Zoo Saturday for the annual Boo at the Zoo celebration.

Four-year-old Mya Mickelson wore a bright red wig to play the part of Ariel the Mermaid, while her brother Connor, 5, was dressed in super hero gear. The Mickelson kids joined hundreds of others to get treats before the crowd headed out to watch bears bat around and smash pumpkin treats.

In the zoo’s Discovery Barn, Danielle Sweeney had dressed up as a witch to read Halloween stories and teach kids Halloween songs about Frankenstein monsters and scary pumpkins that really aren’t that scary.

Sweeney said she was glad the event is finally back in the Discovery Barn.

“This is the very first year since the flood,” she said.

Other events held Saturday included hay rides for the kids and the debut of the zoo’s female bison calf, born on Oct. 14.

Kids also oohed and ahed over some of the animals that were still outside, such as the giraffes with their long necks, and the

lioness lounging on her perch before she decided to go back in her den for an afternoon nap.

Staci Kenney, Greater Minot Zoological Society coordinator, who was sporting a pair of black cat ears, said the zoo staff were happy to be able to offer more events for people in the community this year. The flood prevented the zoo from offering some old favorites, such as the haunted house, but there were more Boo at the Zoo events this year than last.

Though there are still some challenges that remain, things appear to be getting back to normal at the zoo.