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Pole vault meet takes zoo experience to new heights

Outside in 90 degree heat, surrounded by loud animals and hundreds of people is what most people expect on a Saturday morning in July at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Giant poles and people trying to jump over a bar? Not exactly a normal day for the zoo, or for any zoo for that matter.

The Jacksonville Athletic Club hosted what they believed to be the world’s first pole vault inside a zoo.

While participants didn’t jump over any animals, they did jump over zebra-print poles and small hanging plush monkeys.

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