The recent wet weather has meant lots of soft, muddy ground. Great for splashing around in your wellies, but not so good for our hooved animals. Hooves are a bit like fingernails and would naturally wear down on hard ground. When the ground is soft, hooves can overgrow and mud and dirt can be trapped in the excess, causing foot rot and other unpleasant problems that can result in animals ‘going lame’! To prevent our animals from succumbing to these debilitating problems, today our sheep had their routine foot trim and got a dose of wormer as well (not the most pleasant tasting medicine from the looks of things!). More photos on the next page.

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This morning, it was time to catch up and check over our two ferrets, Boris and Bandit. These two live at the end of Pets Corner and you’ll often catch them running through their tunnels and generally being mischievous! Today it was time for them to get their nails trimmed and we’ve given them a little extra protection against any pesky parasites that might bother them in the warm weather. Here are a few photos of the two squirming about during the procedures. More photos on the next page! Continue reading



It’s been a week since the arrival of our golden pheasant chicks and in just one week they’ve grown and developed so much! You can still see them near pets corner in their brooder and venturing out into their new run built by our incredibly handy volunteer, Duncan. They still pop back under the heat lamp for warmth, but you’ll probably catch them out and about exploring their enclosure as their confidence and strength grows. At only 7 days, they’re already developing wing feathers and are very inquisitive! More photos on the next page.

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