A lucky family from Tring enjoyed a grrrr-eat time at Whipsnade Zoo, rubbing shoulders with one of the biggest names in kids’ TV.
The Johnston family, who live in Wilstone, experienced a day out of Deadly proportions at the nearby animal attraction after winning a prize to explore the zoo with CBBC’s Deadly 60 presenter Steve Backshall.
Evie, eight, and 10-year-old Ollie, along with mum Vicki, were delighted to discover they had won the competition they had entered while exploring the zoo’s Deadly-themed trail last year.
Their prize included a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feed otters, giraffes and hippos, alongside one other winning family, as well as a chance to be as brave as Backshall himself and handle some giant bugs.
Backshall, who also competed in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing last year, said: “It’s been a real privilege to meet competition winners Ollie, Evie, Fred and Heather, all of whom have given me a run for my money when it comes to knowing lots about animals.”
Starstruck Deadly 60 fan Ollie said: “My favourite part of the day was the meerkats. I have kind of an obsession with meerkats and I really enjoyed feeding them.” Evie added: “The giraffes were much stronger than I thought. I was holding onto a branch and one nearly picked me up!”
My favourite part of the day was the meerkats. I have kind of an obsession with meerkats and I really enjoyed feeding them!Ollie Johnston