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      Zoo gets record donation to replace animal toys

      Roger Williams Park Zoo has gotten a record number of contributions to buy toys and other stimulating items for its animals after a thief stole money from a donation box.

      The zoo says it raised $3,200 in donations to its "Enrichment Tree" fund after announcing that a thief in early December broke into the collection box in one of the animal pavilions and took around $200.

      The money will be used to buy "enrichment" items for the animals, including balls, food puzzles and other sensory-based stimuli.

      Zookeeper Jen Hennessy says employees and volunteers were broken-hearted after the theft, but the donations helped lift spirits.

      The zoo has scheduled a special "Animal Enrichment Day" for Feb. 23 so visitors can watch while the animals get their new enrichment toys.

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