Oregon Zoo draws big crowds on Tuesday

PORTLAND, Ore. - Visitors began streaming into the Oregon Zoo as soon as the gates opened Tuesday morning. They were taking advantage of the nice weather and the reduced admission.

Kids are on spring break in southwest Washington, but it appears many teachers still assigned homework. Sixth-grader Yahel Watson had some complicated research on her agenda.

"I'm working on finding the common scientific names of animals and plants," she said.

While the kids got to work, most of the animals, like the mountain goats, seemed to be happy to just catch a few rays.

Other kids we found were there to see some specific animals. Addie Cowan was all about seeing one type of animal.

"Probably a panther," she said. "I'm a fan of cats."

The bears seemed to be popular viewing material for a lot of people, and they didn't disappoint. We found two of them digging into some tree branch treats to the delight of visitors big and small.

The Oregon Zoo offers discount admission for their Second Tuesday event each month. An additional discount of $1.50 is offered to visitors who ride MAX or the bus, with proof of fare.