Children learn about zoo veterinary care at camp (w/video)

Tippie the opossum wrapped himself around the shoulders of Alyssa Villarreal as children stared in awe at the marsupial.

The children reached over and gently petted Tippie as Villarreal, the interim education specialist at the Texas Zoo, observed Tippie’s toes.

“I see that he does have a little cut or sore on one of his little toes, so that’s something I am going to put on his animal record sheet. That way his toe can get treated and doesn’t get infected,” Villarreal, 31, said. “It looks like he might have accidentally scratched himself.”

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