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Utica teen crosses another item off his bucket list with trip to zoo

By GARY LIBERATORE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Michael Kelly, 18, of Utica suffers from cystic fibrosis and was inspired to make his way through his bucket list of things he wants to do within his lifetime.

Ranking Number Seven on that list is attending the Utica Zoo.

On Thursday afternoon, Kelly and a younger cousin were escorted by zoo officials for a behind the scenes look at the running of the zoo. His entire bucket list contains more than 200 items and on Thursday, despite his cystic fibrosis symptoms of coughing and drowsiness, he was able to walk around the entire zoo.

"I have been helping about two other people in making their list and they have been helping other people in making their list," Kelly said. "So it started with mine and other people are going to have it. It's cool."

Kelly says he loves animals so much that number nine on his list is attending the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse in the weeks ahead.

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