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'Sex at the Zoo'

Dolly Brake and Ed Brake Love was in the air -- and and on screen -- Valentine's Day at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Some 250 folks filled the Mansion House for the zoo's annual "Sex at the Zoo" party. They enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while getting up-close-and-personal with a few of the zoo's inhabitants, like a kookaburra who serenaded guests with its trademark call. "OK. That is the cutest rabbit I have ever seen," exclaimed one passer-by about Cinnamon, a lionhead rabbit being cradled by April Wielgosz, Maryland Zoo animal keeper. Meanwhile, volunteer Carol Jones had the toughest babysitting job of the night, as a prehensile-tailed porcupine kept climbing onto her head and shoulders, squirming around to avoid all the human attention. However, the highlight of the night would be a talk and video presentation by the zoo's Lindsay Jacks and Margie Rose-Innes about the rather interesting aspects of some animals' love lives. "It's a little bit risque, if you will," said Stephanie Drummond, Maryland Zoo events and community relations manager, who organized the event. "It kind of keeps things interesting in our off-season," she added, with a twinkle in her eye. "Unusual topics, but we tend to have fun with it," said Ed Brake, board chairman, with a smile. -- Sloane Brown
Karen Jackson, The Baltimore Sun
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