ZOO WEEK: Inside the Irvine Park Petting Zoo

Sheep, goats, and donkeys are just a few animals you can pet at the Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls. The park is open from dawn to dusk.

Chippewa Falls, WI -- Sunrise continues zoo week, by going inside the Irvine Park Zoo to look at what it has to offer for families, just as the city hopes to construct a new mammal building. As a kid, you remember getting the chance to pet your favorite animal. In Chippewa falls, many generations are still enjoying that experience.

From goats to the baaaing of a few sheep, there are always big smiles on those visiting the petting zoo.

"I like it because you can pet the animals and you get to see them all,” says Lindsay Eddy.

Hillary Eddy says, “They always come up and eat out of our hands."

Many families say coming here is tradition.

Paul Lehnertz of Eau Claire says, "He just likes petting the petting zoo animals. He wakes up and wants to go feed the sheep all the time."

"We come here often with our kids. The girl’s love it here and they're always asking we want to feed the animals, can we go back to the zoo,” says Julie Langrick and Megan Morgan.

So when you come, what is there to see? Well there are the donkeys, sheep, goats and even some baby chicks. Also, don't forget about the quails! But what do people love most of all?

"The tigers and the bears and the geese and the goats and everything,” says Hillary.

Lehnertz and his boy say, "The goaties. The goaties. Yeah you like the goats. You like to feed the goats."

Julie says, "Feeding them, it seems like it's everybody's favorite part, feeding the animals."

"It's cool here and I like it,’ says Lindsay.

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