Zoo animals keep it cool

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Alpacas sport a new hairdo Thursday at Hillcrest Park Zoo. Zookeeper Mark Yanotti said the pair were sheared recently to remove their heavy winter wool. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Shade, misters, dipping pools and extreme hair cuts are but a few of the ways Hillcrest Park Zoo helps […]

Bitten zookeeper’s condition improving

Sharna Johnson The mother of a Clovis zookeeper said because Gila Monster bites are rare, doctors struggled to figure out how to treat her son. Sharita Haragan, said her son, Cody Machen suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction after he was bitten by the venomous lizard Wednesday while transferring it between cages at Hillcrest Park […]

Zoo keeper bitten by Gila Monster

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MCT photo Gila Monsters’ venom is not dangerous to humans, according to Clovis Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A Clovis zookeeper was in stable condition at the Plains Regional Medical Center on Thursday one day after being bitten by a venomous lizard, according to a city official. Clovis […]

Zoo misadventure traps family

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Tuesday afternoon excursion to the zoo left a 29-year-old Clovis man and his two daughters in the same situation as the animals — locked behind bars. Getting off work a little early, Chris Gauna decided to treat his children — 2 and 3 years old — to a […]