SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls family got to have a different kind of party with a two-legged creature at the Great Plains Zoo.
The Miller family, including 18-month-old Ruby, is getting up close and personal with a penguin named Oliver.
Last summer at the zoo's annual charity gala "Jungle Jubilee," the family bid on and won a "Paint Party with a Penguin.”
Great Plains CEO Elizabeth Whealy says the Sioux Falls' zoo loves being able to offer guests special experiences with the animals.
And she says Tuesday’s "Paint Party with a Penguin" was a real hit.
“Not only did the family get to paint with a penguin and meet Oliver up close, but they also get to take home a beautiful piece of artwork that has their child's footprints and a penguin's footprints,” said Whealy.
This year's Jungle Jubilee will be held on Thursday, July 23rd.
There, event participants will get the opportunity to bid on special one-on-one experiences with animals at the zoo.
Tickets to the event will be available for purchase in a couple of weeks.