Paris Hilton turns 30 with furry friends

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Paris Hilton doesn’t turn 30 until Thursday, but she got the festivities started early in Los Angeles last night.

The birthday girl threw a Moulin Rouge-themed party at the V-Moda fortress, a private house in the Hollywood Hills. Although the party began at 9 p.m., Paris made a fashionably late appearance, arriving around 11 with boyfriend Cy Waits in tow and cameras rolling for her Oxygen reality series.

But instead of making a beeline for the bar, her very first stop was the petting zoo:

Paris, Cy and fellow guest Kathy Griffin got up close and personal with a lynx, a hawk, a two toed sloth and more exotic animals at the petting zoo, which Paris requested specially for her soiree.

“Paris loved the animals and made sure that the handlers were humane before she worked with them,” a source tells E!.

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