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Aug 14, 2012 3:52 PM by David Ortiviz

Girl mauled by raccoon visits zoo on surgery eve

A Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon has had some fun the day before she's scheduled to begin a series of reconstructive surgeries.

The first procedure for 10-year-old Charlotte Ponce (PON'-say) will be Wednesday at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Charlotte, her 11-year-old brother Marshall and her parents Sharon and Tim Ponce spent part of Tuesday at the Detroit Zoo.

Charlotte fed a giraffe, watched as a polar bear swam above her and came face-to-face with an ape.

In all, she says it was a "happy" day.

The raccoon attacked Charlotte when she was 3 months old in her Ravenna home.

The Ponces adopted Charlotte and Marshall in 2005, after Michigan terminated the biological parents' rights. Sharon and Tim Ponce are the children's great-aunt and great-uncle.

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