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Llama Dies on Way to Greentree Festival Petting Zoo

The animal was supposed to be at the festival's petting zoo but died en route after an incident with a camel.

Kirkwood's Greentree Festival featured a petting zoo last weekend to the delight of attendees but the temporary zoo was short one animal.

A llama died on the way to the festival, according to City of Kirkwood Public Information Officer Beth von Behren.

Upon her arrival Friday morning, the owner of the petting zoo informed Kirkwood Parks Department Director Murray Pounds that she had started out with 37 animals but only 36 made it to the festival grounds alive.

"Apparently a young juvenile male camel was involved, but we don't have a lot of details," Behren said.

Kirkwood Patch asked about the incident after receiving a question from a reader.

If you have a question about happenings in and around Kirkwood, email owen.skoler@patch.com, and I'll work to get in touch with the right sources.

On a lighter note, to relive some of the fun of the 2012 Greentree Parade, view our photo gallery of the parade.

Greentree Parade 2012 in Photos

Share your memories of this year's Greentree Festival by uploading photos to our neighborhood gallery. Just click here

Michelle N September 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
The petting zoo was wonderful this year. I'm sorry to hear about the llama.
Owen Skoler (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 04:55 PM
So glad to hear it! It's such a fun experience for kids.

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