Another little day trip, and this time to satisfy my need to see a red squirrel. Or a badger. Or some kind of native British animal. I’d settle for some owls. I think we can manage that much. So, we went to a nearby wildlife park for a visit – Shepreth Wildlife Park.
Yea. We’d been warned that it was a small park, but nice. And it was small but crammed with animals. Most of the animals there were very common like horses, goats, rabbits, etc etc. We did like the meerkats (who doesn’t like meerkats?). It was goddarn freezing the day we were at the park, so I wasn’t surprised one of the meerkats sitting under the heat lamp in their enclosure. Cute.
There were also a few big animals there, like a tiger! For such a small park, I was suprised there was a tiger. It’s enclosure wasn’t huge, but it had room to run around.
I was also pleased that there were a few English animals I was hoping to see, like a red fox, which was racing around.
It was also awesome to see the owls. I loved the owls! This is an Eagle owl. Mega eyebrows going there.
This one is a Snowy owl, like Hedwig in Harry Potter!
I may have found a wand…
But my favourite was the Barn Owl. A beautiful owl only 20cm tall that would cock its head as it looked at you. It’s face is magnificent. I loved it.
We were also really impressed by the nocturnal house, which had a full colony of fruit bats flying around inside. You actually walked into their enclosure so they were flying over your head!! It was pretty amazing.
The biggest *surprise* of the trip was because of a pair of pigs.
These are Kune Kune pigs from New Zealand! How weird is that?
Of all the animals they had in the zoo (and there were a bunch of plain ones, such) one of the overseas varieities they had were Kune Kune pigs from home. We were fairly surprised and impressed.
There are still many English animals we’d like to see, like badgers, red squirrels and beavers. I’m sure we’ll see some at another park, or perhaps in the wild if we go to the national parks in north England.
Rob will always enjoy the simple things. He found a friend at the wildlife park. It was a duck.