Petting zoo delights kids

MOUNT WILLIAM — Two children had a birthday party they are not soon likely to forget.

Rhys Westhaver and his sister Annie celebrated their birthdays on Saturday at Eagles Chance Golf Club and a petting zoo there was among the attractions.

Their parents, Shaun and Amanda Westhaver, and grandparents Pat and Dawn Westhaver secured a day that fell between the kids’ birthdays. Rhys turned seven years old on July 25, while Annie will be five on August 11.

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“They were looking for something different for their birthdays,” Dawn said. “The kids had a ball. It was a full day for them.”

Eagles Chance has offered a driving range, practice green and a par-3, nine-hole course for years, while the petting zoo was assembled this year.

Owner and operator Brian Affleck had an equipment shed that was converted into a barn and added a small fenced area for the miniature horse named Nibbles, two sheep and a goat and assorted chickens, as well as an enclosed petting area.

The kids took time to pet the animals, but they were also taken on a hay ride to other points where they could stop and feed fish in a pond and pet two pigs that occupy another petting area on the site. They could also take time to hit some golf balls.

“It’s such a unique thing that doesn’t cost and is nearby,” Dawn said. “The kids enjoyed it, especially the farm animals. Quite a few kids have never seen farm animals.”


Annie Westhaver gives some love to miniature horse, Nibbles, one of the animals that live in a petting zoo at Eagles Chance Golf Club in Mount William. (Goodwin photos)

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Steve Goodwin
Steve Goodwin was born in Amherst, N.S. and has been a journalist for more than 40 years. He has been a resident of Pictou County for nearly 40 years.