Nashville Zoo animals go wild with paint

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group of meerkats gobbled up dozens of crickets last Monday at the Nashville Zoo.

But as they chased their afternoon snack, they ran through paint and then over a blank sheet of poster board, leaving behind purple and teal paw prints.

Suddenly, art!

Nashville zookeepers will auction off items like this meerkat painting Thursday as part of their ninth annual "Wild Impressions" fundraiser.

They'll sell about 40 pieces of art created by animals from all over the zoo.

Kyle Chippy, one of the event's organizers, said bidding for the paintings starts between $30 and $50 and has gone as high as $300.

All of the money raised will go to the Andean Bear Foundation, which works to protect Andean Bears in Ecuador.

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