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They experienced the wild, wildlife in Canandaigua

For 2,000 area animal lovers, showing up for a wild party was the perfect way to celebrate a local nonprofit and its decade of service to people dealing with traumatic brain injury.

Farmington-based Bridges for Brain Injury Inc. hosted its first Finger Lakes Wildlife Expo and Fair on Saturday at the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center. The arena and its surrounding acres were packed with wildlife, activities, demonstrations and families having fun.

Anastasia and Ariyah-Lee Fonseca, ages 7 and 4, clutched goodie bags full of giveaways, crafts and treats, including handmade slime — or “unicorn poop,” if you will — courtesy of Rochester Museum and Science Center.

The sisters grinned ear to ear under lavishly painted feline face paint, and gushed about their favorite animals, “the little kittens,” which made their first appearance at Saturday’s fair.

The brother-and-sister kittens are actually Geoffroy’s cats, which are native to South America, endangered, and the smallest wild cat species known, according to John Truini, Bridges for Brain Injury day and wildlife education programs director.

Also making his debut Saturday was Justin Beaver, “our North American beaver who is a rescue from South Carolina,” said Truini, who heads up BFBI’s Wildlife Rockstar program.

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