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Photos! Video! KPCC journos face their fears at the LA Zoo's Boo at the Zoo

by John Rabe and Maya Sugarman | Off-Ramp®

Off-Ramp Host John Rabe conquers his fear of spiders and holds a Chilean Rose-Haired Tarantula in the care and conservation area for reptiles and insects at the Los Angeles Zoo on Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2016. Boo at the L.A. Zoo takes place every weekend this October. The annual event includes live performances, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving and crafts. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Really, the pictures tell the story here.

Every year, the LA Zoo celebrates Halloween with Boo at the Zoo with all kinds of scary and creepy events, including the opportunity to touch a snake, which freaks out a lot of people. Like KPCC photographer Maya Sugarman:

Maya Sugarman and the very friendly king snake

Now, I'm not scared of snakes. But I am afraid of spiders. So I figured this was a good chance to face my fear.

Yes, that's a giant spider on Off-Ramp host John Rabe

Make sure to listen to the audio to hear Senior Keeper Chris Rodriguez give us the 411 on the snake and spider we were handling.

Boo at the Zoo is happening at the LA Zoo through Oct. 31.



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