Boy, do I have some cute in store for you today!
I've been wanting to check out Chew Magna Farm for the last couple of weeks, but the weather prevented it. Saturday dawned bright and warm(ish) though, so off we went to discover what they had in the way of fluffy animals to coo over. It did not disappoint...
SO MANY BABY PYGMY GOATS! You may have gathered from previous posts that I love pygmy goats, so when I pulled up and saw about six tiny tots skipping around, I did a big girly squeal. They are so funny to watch.
Inside there were some miniature sheep who had just had lambs in the past few days. They were so small and brand new.
As well as the common farm animals, they also have more exotic creatures, such as these mara. Just as we were walking around one last time before leaving, we peeked through the window of their shelter and am I glad we did! Inside was the tiniest baby - it looked like a rabbit!
There are chickens, ducks, geese, a curly piggy, miniature ponies and some very sweet donkeys, who enjoyed letting me stroke their soft velvet noses.
There are quite a lot of alpacas and this guy was cracking me up. He was in a field of sheepy friends and came right up to see what was happening, looking at me quizzically and posing superbly for photos.
We'd bought some sheep food at the entrance and pandemonium ensued when they heard the rustle of the bag.
This little muffin was so cute, with her sweet, pink heart nose.
I've saved the best for last - wallabies! I couldn't get over how friendly they were, coming right up to the fence and gently investigating our hands, letting us stroke their noses. I love the way they hop along and their stance, with their tiny arms held against their chests, almost apologetically.
Best of all? Several of them had baby joeys in their pouches! Again, I couldn't believe how close they came to us, with the little joeys popping their heads out to say hello. Sheesh, my heart strings!
The only thing we didn't get to see were the pair of raccoons, as they were too busy snoozing in their house. Oh well - it's a good excuse to go back again soon! The farm is a small, family-run attraction and they actually sell some of the alpacas and goat kids. The farmer said most of them go to private owners as pets...uh, yes please! It took a lot of willpower not to take home a couple of those baby pygmies.
I'm looking forward to going back when the joeys are venturing outside the pouch!
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