Kids get taste of farmyard pickings

FARMYARD FRIENDS: Jayden Fichera, 6, meets a little lamb on Monday at Old Kentucky Animal Farm in Griffin Plaza. Picture: Anthony Stipo

FARMYARD FRIENDS: Jayden Fichera, 6, meets a little lamb on Monday at Old Kentucky Animal Farm in Griffin Plaza. Picture: Anthony Stipo

CITY kids got a taste of country living on Monday when they made some farmyard friends. 

Old Kentucky Animal Farm arrived in Griffin Plaza on Monday with a host of babies ready to meet locals.

Old Kentucky Animal Farm director Pat O’Brien said the idea was to give children a hands-on experience.

“Some kids may not get the chance to see animals like this up close,” he said.

“The best thing about this is that everybody leaves happy.

“We have the largest number of farm animals in Australia. 

“We have one farm in the Hunter, one in Goulburn and a breeding farm between Wagga and Albury. 

“We don’t have animals older than about four months. 

“They go on to be therapy animals after that.”

Supervised local children are allowed in to hold and pat some of the baby animals, including chickens, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and ducks.

Mr O’Brien said despite what you might have heard about working with animals and children, he loved his job.

“In this day and age a lot of kids don’t have access to these sorts of animals,” he said.

“I love to see the kids get so excited.

“We’ve got an alpaca called Princess and her brother has been on the catwalk during fashion week.

“We have nearly every farm animal on our farm.” 

Old Kentucky Animal Farm will be in Griffin Plaza until this Saturday.

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