British farm lets you feed baby alpacas and walk micro pigs and mini donkeys

Listen up, animal lovers.

You can get up close to super cute creatures at a Kent farm.

Huckleberry Woods, near Faversham, is home to miniature donkeys, micro chickens baby alpacas and teddy bear sheep.

It’s also just welcomed a litter of baby micro pigs, Kent Live reports.

The farm has been awarded Visit Britain's new 'We're good to go' – industry standard mark.

It means it has demonstrated it is adhering to the Government and public health guidance, have a COVID-19 risk assessment in place and have the required cleanliness and social distancing processes in place for visitors and staff to be confident while they're there.

Huckleberry Woods was first opened by husband and wife team Belinda and Bill Neal in 2018, when the pair decided to move their house-trained micro pigs Trotsky, Princess Pandora and Lord Truffles from their conservatory.

It re-opened in July after lockdown and is once again welcoming guests for micro animal adventures.

Before opening their farm to the public, the couple spent months training their beloved pigs to be walked sensibly while wearing a harness as well as developing a fun game 'pig fishing' for visitors to try.

Pig fishing sees guests fling fishing rods with butternut squash attached to the end into the pigs' pen, the pigs pull hard to enjoy their snack and race against one another to finish their snack first.

Meanwhile the pig walks see the trio get a healthy amount of exercise, trotting around a short route with a human in tow.

Belinda previously told KentLive: “It is really unique experience.

“I think it’s because it really does take a long time to train them to walk on the harness, sensibly.

“But the pigs absolutely love it. They really line up to come out and they love walking.

“The difficulty we have is getting them to go home at the end of the walk.

“We do restrict the number of walks that we let them do to about three or four a day each just because it’s too much for them.

“They would be out all day if they could but our primary concern is their wellbeing and at the end of the day all the animals here are much loved pets so we do look after them very carefully.”

The experience is not just for children, the pair reassured.

“We are having all ages come to the farm, ” Bill added.

“Adults, birthday parties, hen parties. People doing it to surprise their partner because they didn’t realise you could actually walk a pig.

“So it’s an unusual gift for a partner, a work colleague, anniversary. It’s an experience that’s different.”

Belinda pointed out that the farm's youngest 'piggy walker' was around 18 months and the oldest was well into their eighties.

She said: “It’s a really big stretch.

“But I think that one of my favourites was a keeper boyfriend who booked the walk as a present for his girlfriend that loved micro pigs.

“He hadn’t actually told her what they were doing and when she found out she was so overwhelmed she had burst into tears.

“It was just amazing and I said to her that boyfriend is a keeper!”

It’s not only the micro pigs attracting attention from the farm's guests, as the other mini animals prove popular too.

“We have a mixture of people loving walking the micro pigs, just because it is such a unique experience for everybody,” Belinda commented.

“But also people love just visiting the other animals. I think that the baby alpacas have been very popular because they are so friendly.

“They come up and eat out of your hand and they have just been a really wonderful addition.

“Those two are the most popular. But the micro chickens are loved too, people love the micro chickens.

“I think it’s because it’s calming and relaxing to watch them. It’s a lovely introduction to coming in, you get really calm seeing the chickens and then you go off and see the other animals.”

It costs £30 to walk a micro pig and gift vouchers can be purchased for your loved ones.

For up to date entry prices, more information and to book a time slot at Huckleberry Woods visit their website here.

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