US Army Sgt. Joseph Scott surprised his son after being deployed for a year while the boy thought he was on an ordinary tour of the Minnesota Zoo.
“The staff focused the show on Minnesota animals that help their environments,” Burns said. “Sgt. Joe was hidden behind the curtain and they asked for a volunteer from the audience and picked Evan.”
When Evan Scott, Sgt. Scott’s 3 year old son, thought an animal was going to be brought out from behind the curtain, he was instead reunited with his father.
The zoo staff is reported to have done several proposals and weddings on site, but this was their first Military reunion.
“It meant a lot to us to be able to say thank you to Sgt. Joe for his service. It was really meaningful to our staff.” -Beth Burns, the zoo’s Vice President of external affairs.