By Steve Freker
One of the most popular events of the summer is when the Summer Eats program hosts the traveling Petting Zoo at the courtyard of Malden High School. Many young students attend with their family members, including their parents, brothers, sisters, cousins – and friends. There is always a wide array of domesticated-style animals on display, and for most of them (omitting the gigantic turkey!) the Malden kids were able to go right inside the enclosure and get up close and personal with the animals.
On display this year were friendly animals from the farm as well as not. They included some large goats and sheep, a very popular brown pony, some big chickens and a rooster, a pair of twin ducks and then a third and fourth solo duck, the aforementioned gigantic turkey – a colorful Tom Turkey, which had to be a 30-plus pounder.
For many Malden kids, this was either the first time they got to see such farm-style domesticated animals, or the first time they got to touch and pet them. It was easy to see that the kids and their other family members – including their parents – were having the time of their lives interacting with the animals.
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