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Photos: Brookfield Zoo Animals Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Lily and Boone, two gray seals at Brookfield Zoo, get a St. Patrick’s Day treat. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)Lily and Boone, two gray seals at Brookfield Zoo, get a St. Patrick’s Day treat. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

St. Patrick’s Day festivities kicked off a day early at Brookfield Zoo last week, where several groups of animals got shamrock-shaped and green-colored treats on Friday.

The zoo’s camels, lemurs, orangutans and gorillas all enjoyed balanced biscuit and gelatin snacks prepared by animal care staff.

Two of the zoo’s gray seals, Boone and Lily, also munched on gelatin goodies. Gray seals’ natural habitat is the North Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of Ireland.

Below, photos of the animals with their St. Patrick’s Day treats.

Nora and other western lowland gorillas at Brookfield Zoo had their nest area dyed with a non-toxic green coloring for St. Patrick's Day. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)Nora and other western lowland gorillas at Brookfield Zoo had their nest area dyed with a non-toxic green coloring for St. Patrick's Day. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Nora, a 4-year-old western lowland gorilla at Brookfield Zoo, received green biscuit treats last Friday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)Nora, a 4-year-old western lowland gorilla at Brookfield Zoo, received green biscuit treats last Friday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Ramses, a ring-tailed lemur at Brookfield Zoo, looks at a shamrock-shaped treat prepared by animal care staff. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)Ramses, a ring-tailed lemur at Brookfield Zoo, looks at a shamrock-shaped treat prepared by animal care staff. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Sophia, a Bornean orangutan at Brookfield Zoo, and her daughter Heidi, who is clinging to mom, received shamrock-shaped treats made of biscuit and gelatin in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)Sophia, a Bornean orangutan at Brookfield Zoo, and her daughter Heidi, who is clinging to mom, received shamrock-shaped treats made of biscuit and gelatin in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Ben, a Bornean orangutan, munches on a St. Patrick's Day treat last week at Brookfield Zoo. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)Ben, a Bornean orangutan, munches on a St. Patrick's Day treat last week at Brookfield Zoo. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

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