58 new citizens take oath at Toledo Zoo

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Beyond the new baby elephant, Kirkja, other new happenings were afoot at the Toledo Zoo, where 58 new American citizens from 33 different countries were naturalized on Tuesday before noon.

“Every corner of the globe” was represented according to United States District Court Judge Darrell A. Clay, who presided over the ceremony, which he proudly boasted contained individuals from North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and Oceania.

Bob Vasquez, the liaison and chief advisor to the CEO of the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, welcomed the new citizens and shared his family’s story of how his grandparents came to the United States from Mexico.

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