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John Ball Zoo 5-For-5 Days Start Monday! [AUDIO]

Meet Mr. Snuggles and John Ball Zoo Director, Bert VescolaniBert brought Mr. Snuggles into the Channel 957 studio to show you and me how adorable he is and to remind pet owners what a big responsibility it is to own and care for a pet.  Mr. Snuggles was given to John Ball through the Humane Society and is now part of the petting zoo.

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7th annual Easter Seals Walk With Me Grand Rapids event raises $63,000 for kids!
Sabrina Fairchild emcee's Walk With Me Grand Rapids! (Photo by Mike Nedwick)
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Easter Seals Raises $63,000 For West Michigan Kids! [PHOTOS]

Rain or rain ... the 7th annual Easter Seals Walk With Me Grand Rapids event reigned at the John Ball Zoo!

I can't remember the last time I've had so much fun with a group of genuine, loving people who came from all parts of the state of Michigan to walk and raise money for the Easter Seals.
Last night, $63,000 was raised to help kids and families meet some of their financial needs as they continue to receive necessary treatment for autism, Down Syndrome and/or cerebral palsy

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John Ball Zoo hosts the Easter Seals 7th annual Walk With Me Grand Rapids!
JBZ entrance (Photo via flickr.com/photos/multitrack)
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‘Walk With Me’ At John Ball Zoo Tonight For The 7th Annual Easter Seals Fundraiser!

Walk With Me at John Ball Zoo tonight to help raise funds for the Easter Seals!

I'll be co-leading the annual two mile walk that runs up, down, through and around John Ball Zoo with Michelle DeSelms of WXMI Fox 17 starting at 5 o'clock when registration begins!

What does the Easter Seals do for the community, you ask?  Your heart is going to melt a little when I share just how wonderful an organization this is and those who have volunteered through the years to keep it afloat.
Easter Seals serves kids and families who are walking through life with autism, Down's Syndrome or cerebral palsy

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Mario Tama, Getty Images
Mario Tama, Getty Images
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Baby Snow Leopard Born At John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo has announced the birth of a baby snow leopard!

The snow leopard was born at John Ball Zoo about two weeks ago, but will not be available for the public to view for a few more weeks

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Learning about and loving all the animals at John Ball Zoo!
Sabrina, JBZ director Bert Vescolani & baby Alligator! (Picture taken by Krys Bylund)
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Alligators & Snakes At John Ball Zoo! Want To Go?

I'm thinkin' that you're wondering how I can smile while John Ball Zoo Director, Bert Vescolani is holding a baby alligator -- well, I was a bit of a tomboy when I was a kid and I honestly like reptiles, fish -- you name it!

Of course, I had to ask if it's a good idea for you or I to ever approach an alligator or crocodile in the wild and the answer is a BIG 'NO!'

Even this little baby gator had some teeth on him, and super strength that almost turned into a bit of an incident in the Channel 957 studio!

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Meet Bert and the Screech Owl from John Ball Zoo!
Give me a name! (Photo taken by Krys Bylund)
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Help Name JBZ’s Screech Owl By Party For The Planet Event!

The pic is a little dark, but you can see that Mr. Screech Owl is pretty tiny ... and he needs a name!

Post your entries in the comment space below and share this story with a friend so we can get as many names as possible!

John Ball Zoo director, Bert Vescolani spent the morning with me in the Channel 957 studio to talk about all of the amazing animals, sea creatures, reptiles and birds that live at the zoo in Grand Rapids AND to personally invite you to their annual Party For The Planet event on Saturday!

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John Ball Park Zoo
John Ball Park Zoo (Photo from John Ball Zoo)
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John Ball Park Zoo’s Zoobilee!

Need an activity to get your Spring breakers out of the house and into a learning environment?  Well, John Ball Park Zoo has just the thing for you.  Zoobilee!  All week long the zoo is giving you an awesome Spring break destination inside the city.

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