By Dave Roberts (WICHITA, Kan.)
A nine-year-old's wish of being a zookeeper came true. Marcos Jaquez suffers from a rare genetic disease called epidermolysis bullosa, and he always dreamed of seeing his favorite animals up close.
It's a disease both he and his older brother, Carlos, suffer from. Their skin is extremely fragile and they're prone to lesions and blisters.
"The biggest hard ship is just, I guess, just not being able to hold them and love on them," his mother, Melissa, said.
"Momma, I think the elephant likes peanuts," Marcos shouted when he and his family entered the Sedgwick County Zoo. "I seen it on TV!"
TV is the only place he ever got to see animals before.
"I'm going to see some animals and I'm going to pet them and feed them."
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got the chance to go to the zoo and see his favorite animals.
"This is my first time to go to the zoo!"
Along with seeing lions, he got to feed the elephants and hold exotic snakes.