Zoo Fulfills Granny’s Bucket List Wish all In One Day

Mary was a woman of curiosity. If she had been a cat…well you know the saying.

The now elderly woman had always had a big dream in life: to become a zookeeper. Interacting with and training animals was something that had always spoken to the woman’s heart. After years and years, she began to accept that dream might never come true. That’s when her luck changed.

Mary was responsible for interacting with a variety of animals, including the armadillos

Mary was responsible for interacting with a variety of animals, including the armadillos

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Mary had recently visited the Columbian Park Zoo in her hometown of Lafayette, Indiana thanks to a field trip held by the Cumberland Pointe Health Campus, the woman’s senior living center. What was her favorite part of the trip? The exotic creatures.

Taking care of the 100-year-old tortoises was also on the woman's 'chore list'

Taking care of the 100-year-old tortoises was also on the woman’s ‘chore list’

Once the zoo heard about Mary’s life-long dream, they were on board to provide her with the ‘bucket list’ experience she’d always wanted. Mary would become a zookeeper for a day. She was thrilled at the thought of fulfilling her life-long dream.

“Oh Lord, honey,” she said quietly, smiling. “I was very, very glad to. I had a lot of fun.”
The exotic creates were Mary's absolute favorite

The exotic creates were Mary’s absolute favorite

The woman’s duties included weighing lizards, oiling a tortoise shell, feeding snakes, and cuddling Rosetta the armadillo. The staff at Columbian Park Zoo was infatuated with Mary, to say the least. To thank the woman for her help, the staff signed a heartfelt card reminding her she was welcome back anytime.

“We hope you made some special memories taking care of our animals. You’ll always be a zookeeper at the Columbian Park Zoo,” the card read.
 
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