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Queens Zoo Showcases Sheep Haircuts During 'Shear Fun' Event

By Smriti Rao | May 3, 2012 12:08pm
One of The Queens Zoo’s newest baby animals is an adorable alpaca.
One of The Queens Zoo’s newest baby animals is an adorable alpaca.
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Julie Larsen Maher

FLUSHING — It's buzz-cut time for the woolly sheep at The Queens Zoo.

Visitors to the zoo can watch sheep stylist Peter Sepe trim the animals' winter coats during the popular annual "Shear Fun" event this Saturday and Sunday.

The wool — likely more than three bags full — won't go to waste. Zoo enthusiasts can also learn how to spin and dye the wool at demonstrations during the hair-cutting marathon.  Kids are invited to make a "farm-tastic" sheep-themed craft to take home, according to the zoo's website.

It's also time to visit with the zoo's newest baby animals, including a cuddly alpaca, and cast votes for the cutest newborn zoo critter in the citywide "Adora Poll."

Contestants competing for baby bragging rights include a baringo giraffe calf at the Bronx Zoo, a babydoll lamb at the Central Park Zoo, a golden lion tamarin at the Prospect Park Zoo, and a pot-bellied seahorse fry at the New York Aquarium. 

New animal choices will be added to the poll throughout the spring and a finalist will be chosen in June, when the winners of each round will go head-to-head in a best-of-four competition.

The sheep-shearing event at The Queens Zoo is included in the price of admission.

The Queens Zoo is at 53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. The sheep-shearing event runs May 5-6. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends.