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Zoo Tales: Gayla Peevey to highlight weekend's holiday festivities

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Amy Stevens, OKC Zoo historian and naturalist instructor, explained the zoo, inspired by the song, bought a hippo in 1953 and named it Matilda. Stevens and Tara Henson from the OKC Zoo joined us for the Skype interview to discuss Peevey's hit song and upcoming holiday events at the zoo.

Peevey was a great sport during this lengthy interview. While we could see her, our studio web cam was down so she couldn't see us. Yet her charm and enthusiasm sparkles.

And then Stevens whipped out a chinchilla. Originally I was told a ferret would be involved in this interview. Chinchillas are quite soft.

NewsOK's Greg Singleton snaps a photo of the OKC Zoo's chinchilla, held by Amy Stevens, as producer Paige Dillard supervises.
NewsOK's Greg Singleton snaps a photo of the OKC Zoo's chinchilla, held by Amy Stevens, as producer Paige Dillard supervises.

Info about this weekend's event, provided by the OKC Zoo:

"A Zoo holiday tradition continues with the “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” sing-a-long led by Gayla Peevey Henderson herself, during a Skype broadcast. Gayla will take us down memory lane as she shares her memories of growing up in Oklahoma City and this song’s connection to the Zoo. Join the jingle jam on Saturday, December 12, noon in the Zoo’s Education Center’s auditorium located at the east end of the Zoo’s parking lot. Light refreshments will be served. Plus, a selection of “hippo” merchandise will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free. For information, call (405) 425-0262."

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NewsOK's Greg Singleton snaps a photo of the OKC Zoo's chinchilla, held by Amy Stevens, as producer Paige Dillard supervises.

NewsOK's Greg Singleton snaps a photo of the OKC Zoo's chinchilla, held by Amy Stevens, as producer Paige Dillard supervises.

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