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Victoria Osteen visited the Bronx Zoo in the Bronx borough of New York City on Thursday, June 5, 2014, as part of Joel Osteen Miniseries’s Generation Hope Project outreach.

NEW YORK — Victoria Osteen, one-half of the dynamic duo in charge of America’s fastest growing megachurch, was far from her Houston, Texas, base on Thursday when she, along with volunteers from Lakewood Church and its service-oriented Generation Hope Project, made an appearance at the Bronx Zoo. She was there, amid a brief period of rain, to visit with about 250 local school children, some of whom were in hysterics when they spotted the petite blond otherwise known as Mrs. Joel Osteen.

Amid squeals of “Victoria!” and whispered observations of “she’s so pretty,” Mrs. Osteen greeted the Generation Hope Project volunteers manning check-in tables, shook hands with Wildlife Conservation Society officials (in charge of New York City’s five zoos), and spent a few minutes with local media, while Lakewood’s in-house crew captured it all on film.

However, Osteen spent most of her time under a canopy not far from the main entrance embracing and sharing laughs with the kids, a mixed bunch of predominantly teens and pre-teens, some of whom were clad in their school uniforms.

After posing for selfies and group shots with students and handing out hugs, Osteen strolled off down one of the zoo’s many paths, presumably to an exhibit. However, it was not too long before she re-appeared, bid her hosts adieu, and disappeared down another path.

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