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    Otters show their curiosity while Lauren Staples, 28, of Rochester, N.H., arranges their feeding order. Staples works as a full-time zookeeper at York's Wild Kingdom.

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    A squirrel monkey watches through the cage as Staples locks up after her morning feeding and cleaning routine.

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    Staples carries supplies to the otter enclosure for the morning feeding.

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    Staples finishes preparing the lecture exhibit area where she and fellow staff members educate visitors about primates and lemurs each day at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m.

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    Smoothing out the floor of the sloth cage is one of Staples' chores as a full-time zookeeper and the park.

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