New kids on Longleat’s block

VISITORS returning to Longleat on Monday will have the chance to meet the new kids Meet Longleat’s new kids on the blockon the block – a pair of tiny African pygmy goats called Piglet and Peewee.

The enchanting female kids were born at the end of March and are now making themselves at home in the Wiltshire attraction’s Family Farmyard. They share their new home with mum Pixie and dad Prince along with donkeys, an emu, wallabies, chickens, rabbits and turkeys.

Despite their diminutive stature, the goats are extremely agile climbers and love to jump onto tree trunks and rocks.

“Piglet is named because she is quite greedy and likes to hog mum for attention. She also has a white splodge on her forehead,” said keeper Jack Crossman. “Peewee was smaller at birth and needed some help to get her feeding from mum. They love the sunshine and are happily bouncing around the enclosure, chasing the chickens, learning to climb and to headbutt!

“Both kids are already proving quite a handful and keep getting out of the farmyard area and running around the main field,” he added.

As their name suggests African pygmy goats are small in size, only reaching a maximum height of around 50cms when fully grown. Peewee and Piglet weighed around 1.5 kg at birth but both are feeding well from mum Pixie and growing fast.