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April 2006

Is Claire a former Aussie Zoo girl?


Is Claire a former Aussie Zoo girl?

Sunshine Coast Daily, Monday 24 April 2006

Is Claire a former Aussie Zoo girl?
News source: Sunshine Coast Daily, Monday 24 April 2006

IT'S almost guaranteed that things will get wild in the Big Brother house, but this year they have an animal handler nearby to help keep things under control.

One of the contestants in the popular show is believed to have worked with the cheetahs at Australia Zoo, but that couldn't be confirmed yesterday.

On the Big Brother website, housemate Claire lists her occupation as a big cat handler and is quoted as saying she is “going to be the next Steve Irwin crossed with Dr Harry Cooper, but the female version”.

She was described by Big Brother last night as “attractive, smart, strong and competitive and passionate about animal conservation”.

The 22-year-old is one of 15 contestants who entered the house last night for a chance at winning $1 million.

Inquiries to Australia Zoo yesterday were met with minimal information. Yes, a girl named Claire had worked with the Zoo's cheetahs until she recently resigned.

But no, they couldn't confirm if she had left so she could appear on Big Brother.