NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The Hilton Norfolk THE MAIN donated more than 40 towels to the Virginia Zoo.

According to the Zoo, veterinary and animal care staff use towels for a variety of needs around the zoo, including during veterinary procedures.

The donated towels reached the end of their life cycle serving guests at the hotel, but will be able to serve animals and staff at the zoo.

“Sometimes it’s the little things that are a huge help: in this case we needed a fairly small amount of towels here at the hospital,” said Dr. Colleen Clabbers, the Virginia Zoo’s Veterinarian. “These towels will be very useful both during animal procedures and as bedding and padding for our animal patients. We really appreciate this donation from the The Main.”

Visitors at the Virginia Zoo can see the towels hard at work in the zoo's veterinary hospital at the Animal Wellness Campus. The facility is equipped with a surgery suite, lab, intensive care unit and animal quarantine and holding facilities.

The Managing Director for THE MAIN, Kurt Krause, said the Zoo is a "high-quality attraction" and a great partner. Hotels rely on tourism and the zoo is a great local attraction.

"When we found out they needed towels, it was a no-brainer to help out,” said Krause.