Friday, December 18, 2009

Petting Zoo Business On The Increase

A Cookeville family's unusual petting zoo is in high demand this time of year. That's because Ronald and Joyce Maynard and their two sons raise reindeer. Joyce Maynard says they begin making the rounds with the animals the day after Thanksgiving and nearly every day is booked until Christmas. At some of the events, the couple dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus and bring a sleigh. Ronald Maynard told the Cookeville Herald Citizen the most common question they get from children is whether the reindeer can fly. He said the petting zoo began as a hobby but is now a full-time job. Also around the holidays, the petting zoo's camels, llamas and donkeys are used in live nativity scenes.