Santa Barbara Zoo animals get special sprinkling of holy water

Every animal at the Santa Barbara Zoo received a sprinkling of holy water and a special prayer. (CNN/KEYT)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (CNN/KEYT) — Pet owners took their animals to Catholic churches all over the world for a special blessing. Animals who couldn’t make it to church on Saturday got a visit from a local priest.

Every animal at the Santa Barbara Zoo received a sprinkling of holy water and a special prayer. The annual “blessing of the animals” celebrates the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, considered the patron saint of animals.

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