Kids talk to animals

PETTING a lamb for the first time, eight-year-old Lauren Gorringe had a definite way to describe the fluffy animals at Old Macdonald's Travelling Farm in Alexandra Park Monday.

“Soft,” she said with a big smile.

The Childers girl, her brother and mother were just some of many to make the stop at the petting farm, which has been set up at the Alexandra Park Zoo for the last week of the school holidays.

While the lambs were her favourite, Lauren also got the chance to feed ducklings, chickens, kids, guinea pigs and piglets.

“That was cool, they nibble on your fingers,” she said.

Old Macdonald's Travelling Farm owner Peta Anderson said every child had a different favourite animal.

“The piglets are always popular though,” she said.

The animals in the zoo, range in age from just a few weeks to a few months.

Children are allowed to roam the pens with the tiny animals and pet them or brush them with the brushes provided.

Ms Anderson did have one warning for parents.

“Grab 50 cents if your children want to feed the animals,” she said.

Ms Anderson said the petting zoo had been busy yesterday with a steady stream of children coming through to play with the animals.

It is recommended that children wear older clothing as they may get dirty.

The farm has been set up by the Bundaberg Regional Council and is free of charge apart from the cost to feed the animals.

The petting zoo will be open until from 9am to 3pm until Sunday.

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