National Geographic : 1952 Mar
(0 .at ional UeograpillHic Society 318 Kodachroncs by Andrew II. Brown Detroit's Children's Zoo Encourages Youngsters to Make Friends of Animals Children's Zoo sits on Belle Isle, 985-acre playground in the Detroit River. Pleasant Sundays lure Detroiters to the island by the thousands. Three times a day zoo attendants take small, friendly beasts to the sawdust ring for children to pet. Cries of delight and wails of frustration greet the animals, depending on their cooperation. Above: Samson and Delilah, the raccoons, patiently endure manhandling. Robert, a hooded rat, cuddles in a girl's arms, but Becky, a Barbados lamb, tugs to escape the boy's grip. Murgatroyd, an 18-year-old African leopard tortoise, offers no hazard, being a vegetarian. Below: Lambs enjoy the bottle hour.