IT’s a dream of a midsummer at the moment up at the Wild Board Park in Chipping.
Eggs have hatched - see the photo of a chick atop three year old Corey Gillibrand’s head! - lambs are growing, fawns are playing around their mothers - and a little donkey foal called Indiana is being bottle-fed because his mum, Indie, didn’t want to feed him.
“So I took the job on,” said Chris, a member of the Park’s owners the Bailey family....”and it was a full-time one too when he was just born as he needed his milk almost every hour!
“He’s still with his mum and she did let him suckle at first, but it was only when we were there with them both - when we weren’t, she didn’t allow him to.”
Indie’s own mother, Clover, has also had a foal, christened Jack. “He’s absolutely fine,” said Chris “and all the donkeys are now a big attraction for our many visitors.”
Indiana and Jack, the chicks and the lambs are not the only babies at the popular park. There are also baby wallabies in a family of seven female brown rednecked wallabies who run with a rare albino male, a resident of the park for seven years. Now his herd has produced an albino baby wallaby, a rare occurrence, says Chris.
Children visiting the park can feed late-born lambs with milk provided by a neighbouring farmer’s flock, chicks can be stroked and there are lots of baby boars to watch as they play.
They can also see two red deer fawns born to a family of three adult females and a stag , plus a fallow deer fawn born just last week to a family of three adult females and one stag.
A future attraction, though inanimate, will be the Iron Age Round House being constructed with original materials such as wattle and daub, which Chris hopes will be completed for next spring.
He says “We’re starting with a small one and it will be used for educational purposes as well as an attraction about life at that time when things were very different.”