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Wood and Gosling, both in Ohio filming The Ides of March with George Clooney, spent their day off at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
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The zoo invited the cast to visit and received a genuinely interested response from the actors. During their VIP tour of the grounds, Gosling and Wood got to meet many animals, including elephant Schottzie.
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Moe, the two-toed sloth, craned his neck to get a better look (wouldn’t you?).
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The stars “wanted to learn more about each animal they met,” says Tiffany Barnes, a zoo spokesperson. Gosling even chatted with this porcupine, Caroline, and her keeper.
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BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Wood even got to help train a turaco, a bird native to Africa, during the visit.
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ARM IN ARM
“With each new encounter, they were enthusiastic and eager to hear all about the daily schedule, care background and endangered status of the animal,” Barnes tells PEOPLEPets.com.
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Gosling got to pet an okapi, which is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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The okapi has stripes that are reminiscent of the zebra.
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IN YOUR EYES
Gosling had a getting-to-know-you moment with the okapi, with a deep staring session.
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Wood got down to the level of big cat Joseph.
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This lucky African penguin named Charlie got to do a little show for Gosling.
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HAND IN MOUTH
Nikki the Indian rhino was even luckier than Charlie – she got a handful of food from the handsome star!