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Rookie class wraps up week at the Indianapolis Zoo

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 22, 2012 – 8:07 pm

Members of the Colts rookie class observe an orangutan Friday afternoon at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Within sight of their future home turf, the Colts 2012 rookie class took in another sight of Indianapolis on Friday afternoon.

The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed the rookie class for a few hours on Friday afternoon as the players got a behind the scenes look at many of the most popular exhibits.

For a majority of the players, a trip to the zoo brought back some childhood memories of attending their local zoos.

“This is something I haven’t done since I was little and I’m sure a lot of the other guys haven’t had the time to go to a zoo so it was nice to get out and interact with the animals,” tight end Dwayne Allen said.

“The staff was very appreciative of us coming out here and we were very appreciative of them for having us.”

Players were able to pet penguins, take part in interacting with dolphins used during live shows and get up close and personal with some orangutans.

Even the 6’4”, 255 pound Allen was impressed by the size and IQ of many of the animals.

“My favorite part was definitely visiting the orangutans,” Allen said. “To see them up close and how strong and big they are, and all there human characteristics was pretty cool.”

The trip to the zoo was the fourth different visit the rookie class has made around Indianapolis this week and Allen said he believes the class feels very comfortable around each other.

“They call it ‘rookie development/rookie engagement’ and we’ve spent a lot of time together getting to know each other’s personalities and that’s only going to help us grow closer, not only on the field but off the field as well,” Allen said.


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