Posted by: Fredda Sacharow | April 27, 2013

A Petting Zoo for the Animal Lovers Among Us

The children of Jessica DeMarco get acquainted with a new friend at Rutgers Day.

The children of Jessica DeMarco get acquainted with a new friend at Rutgers Day.

Mary might have had a little lamb, but the story-book heroine has nothing on the children of Jessica DeMarco.

The three youngsters – Tyler, 8, and little sisters Gianna, 5, and Sophia, 2, are filled with grins as they gently pat a month-old female baby lamb at the College Farm Roundhouse on the Cook Campus.

It’s hard to tell who’s happier, the lamb or the children!

Their mom, a 1993 Rutgers grad from Old Tappan, has been coming to Rutgers Day for years. She says the kids’ favorite is the petting zoo, with its baby goats, sheep and pigs. “They love animals – all kinds of animals, especially the ones they can touch,” Jessica DeMarco says.

And there’s no shortage of animal life at home, she adds, including a dog, fish, a parakeet and a 15-year-old tortoise named Poncho.

It’s still relatively quiet at the petting area, says volunteer Meghan Ramos, a Rutgers junior from Long Beach Island who’s the treasurer of the Veterinary Science Club. As word spreads about the attraction during the day, foot traffic picks up and the hay-strewn building crowds up a bit.
She and her fellow volunteers are there to field questions. Among the most common, Ramos says: How do I become a veterinarian?

For those so inclined, and for anyone who just can’t resist a baby critter, this zoo’s for you!


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