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Children at zoo enjoy breakfast with Santa

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Dec. 3, 2011 at 6:03 a.m.
Updated Dec. 4, 2011 at 6:04 a.m.

Colton Beaver, 2, of Palacios, poses with Santa during the Breakfast with Santa event at the Texas Zoo. He was too excited to eat his meal and just wanted to ask for a 4 wheeler so he could be like his father, Fred Beaver.

The unsuspecting eyes of boys and girls opened with sparkle when Santa Claus made his way to the Texas Zoo.

"Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas," St. Nick said.

About 200 people met the wish-granter for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning.

Carolers welcomed Santa in song with "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," who was absent this Crossroads visit. Some children noticed right away.

"Hi Santa," said Sarah Schoener, "Where are your reindeer?"

"They're resting in the countryside," Santa responded.

The children received pancakes, sausage and milk. Colton Beaver, of Palacios, couldn't finish his meal.

"He's just too excited to eat," said his mother, Tammy Beaver.

Colton will turn 3 this month, and he wants to ask Santa for a 4 Wheeler so he can be just like his daddy, Fred Beaver.

The zoo animals were not left out of the festivities. The lions and baboons received presents.

"It's pretty much a Christmas tradition," said Andrea Blomberg, the zoo's executive director.

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