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Friday, January 18, 2008

Touch reptiles, then touch cookies

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In a bizarre combination of events, Swissotel Chicago and Shedd Aquarium have teamed up to offer both a petting zoo and do-it-yourself cookie station in the hotel lobby on Saturday. The "Animal Encounters" portion, from 11 AM to noon, features aquatic animals from the aquarium's "Lizards and the Komodo King" exhibit; the cookie decorating, which takes place from 10 AM to 1 PM, allows kids to decorate and eat fish-shaped cookies. After petting the animals. Including reptiles, which are notorious for harboring and transmitting salmonella. Which, of course, can cause serious complications in young children (for this reason, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that children under the age of five should not come into contact with reptiles and amphibians). The press release didn't mention anything about hand-washing stations.

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