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Lincoln Children's Zoo releases children's videos

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By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

The Lincoln Children's Zoo made a big announcement Monday, a partnership with a name you'll recognize.

Dan Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy, filmed a series of DVDs at the Zoo to bring animals to kids who aren't able to make it to a zoo.

His foundation, Git-R-Done, made a series of DVDs called Zoofari.

As fun as the movies look, though, they aren't for sale.

The Git-R-Done foundation will give hundreds of children's hospitals and rehabilitation centers across the country the chance to bring the zoo to their patients through the DVDs.

"Your Lincoln Children's Zoo serves the people in your community and reach out," John Chapo, CEO of Lincoln Children's Zoo, said. "We're reaching out, working with kids, working with the world."

The movies feature various zoo animals, and one Lincoln family wanted to help get these DVDs into hospitals.

Brandon and Tiffany Verzal helped produce the series. In 2008, their 13-month-old daughter, Alexis, was shaken at her daycare, causing brain damage. Today, Alexis is 6 and finishing up kindergarten.

"I remember being in the hospital and sometimes other families would be getting passes to go out but you can only go out for an hour," Tiffany Verzal, Alexis's mom, said. "And so we think that this is going to be a really fun way to just get out of being in that room."

The Zoo hopes this project will spark some laughter and put smiles on children's faces.

"There is just something magical, especially when kids are hurt, about the healing power of animals," Brandon Verzal, Alexis's dad, said.

Because of the Git-R-Done Foundation, the DVDs won't cost hospitals anything.

There will be Zoofari stations at the Lincoln Children's Zoo where you'll have the chance to see Larry the Cable Guy.

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