Petting zoo delights kids

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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.

“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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