A dream came true for seven-year-old Henry Rees from Burrington, when he won a competition to become a junior zookeeper for the day at Bristol Zoo.

The competition was organised by local vets, Watkins and Tasker Veterinary Group and Force4computing.

Henry answered the animal-related questions on the Watkins and Tasker website and beat 50 other entries.

Henry’s competition prize gave him a behind-the-scenes view of what’s involved with looking after the residents at Bristol Zoo.

He explained: “I was given a green t-shirt to wear with ‘Junior Keeper Experience’ on the back. “First we went to the private area to feed and care for the creatures, which are used for training and teaching. “I got to hold lots of them. “I wasn’t scared though as I like insects.”

But perhaps the highlight of the day for Henry was feeding the meercats. “They saw me in my green t-shirt and knew I had come to feed them so they came running over to me – it was brilliant,” he said.

Vet Steve Tasker explained the reason for the competition: “Although our three veterinary practices specialise in small animal and pets’ veterinary care, anything we can do to encourage children’s interest in the welfare of animals is a really positive thing.

“We are delighted for Henry and hope he really enjoyed his day at the zoo.”
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