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The Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo is open

 WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW)- The Wisconsin Rapids Municipal Zoo is now open for the summer months.

The zoo is the temporary home for about 50 animals. This year, a new display features two black swans.

The zoo gets many of their animals from area farms.

There is a petting zoo, an animal called a zonkey (zebra/donkey) and several caged areas. Visitors can get very close to many of the animals that they can feed them.

The seasonal zoo has been around for more than 30 years and admission is free.

Zoo attendants say that children always love coming to visit.

"They love going up to the cages and trying to get them to come over so that they can pet them and when they feed them they always go up and they're timid at first but as soon as the animals start eating they go crazy, they love it so much," says Megan Gallager, Zoo Attendant.

The zoo's population grew Tuesday afternoon. Two cavy were born. A cavy is a rodent native to South America.

 The zoo is open from memorial day to the end of August.

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