Pinkie, the Applegate Zoo’s mascot, has been found and is back at home.
“She’s fine. A little bit stressed out, but OK,” said Donna McDowell, the city of Merced’s zookeeper, in a news release. The 6-toed gray tabby had disappeared over the weekend, and when the 6-month-old kitten didn’t turn up, McDowell turned to the media for help.
The city said the happy ending came Tuesday night after the missing kitten received plenty of media coverage. A woman living near the zoo saw the feline and became concerned for Pinkie’s well-being. The woman turned Pinkie over to the Last Hope Cat Kingdom, a group that tries to find new homes for misplaced cats. When the woman saw the missing kitten on the news, she called McDowell and told her where to find Pinkie.
“I want to thank the media for all their help in getting Pinkie back to the zoo,” said McDowell. “Pinkie’s part of our zoo family, and it’s nice to have her home.”
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People who want to meet Pinkie and her other animal friends can visit the Applegate Zoo, 1045 W. 25th St. (the corner of W. 25th and R streets). The zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., seven days a week.
Admission to the Zoo is:
Under 3 Free
Ages 3 – 10 $1.25
Ages 11 – 59 $1.75
Ages 60+- $0.75