Zoo To Auction Animals' Masterpieces

CLEVELAND (AP) - If an art auction is successful, groups supported by Cleveland's zoo will get money. The artists might get food treats or a pat on the snout.

Near the end of the month, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will sell paintings created by Huck the sea lion, Kibibi the black rhino, as well as polar bears, tortoises and many other animals.

The zoo is holding its second annual silent auction of animal art to raise money for nonprofit conservation groups. Last year's event brought in more than $7,000, including $1,000 for a polar bear's paw print.

The auction organizer says it also benefits the animals more directly, because the painting gives their brains a healthy workout.