“Early one morning in July 2002, Keith went into the barn to let the animals into the field. He noticed what he thought was a fox curled up in the corner of Ginny’s stable. On closed inspection her realised it was a new born donkey foal.
We though that mum Ginny had been putting on weight and kept a close check on her eating. Little did we know that she was pregnant. The father, Jack a beautiful Welsh Mountain pony, who we thought had been castrated, (well we paid the vet to do the job), was the father. It seems that a small piece of testicle had been left behind, it was enough for him to still get amorous and father Maisy mule, or should I say Hinny. Female mules with donkey mothers and pony or horse fathers are called Hinny’s.
Jack had to have another castration – poor chap.
The Vet told us that Maisy was premature. We found this amazing to say the least as we had no idea Ginny was pregnant, so how did he know Maisy was born early? Apparently the head of equines/donkeys are formed first. Maisy had a large head and a small body, therefore as her body size had not caught up in the womb she was premature.
She was and is very beautiful a stunning colour. We suddenly became very popular with locals and their children!
Another detail that may interest you; Mules and Hinny’s cannot get pregnant. They have seasons, but are barren. I have not been able to find out why this is”.
We are blessed with an abundance of birdlife here at Coedllys. There are many varieties of birds that can be seen. During breakfast you can enjoy watching them squabble at the window bird feeder and from the many feeders strategically placed amongst the trees and garden. Nut Hatch, Woodpeckers, Green Finches, Robins, Siskins and Chaffinches are but a few of the many birds eating from the feeders.
Take a walk around the grounds and woodland areas and see what birdlife you can find. We also provide a pair of binoculars and a guidebook so guests can identify the birds they see. Many of our guests are not only amazed at the amount of birdlife but also the variety we have.
animal Related Local Attractions
On the boardwalks over the swamps you’ll hear strange noises and have lots of surprises. If you’re not distracted take part in the Dino Quiz and win your Expert sticker
Over 30 dinosaurs are waiting for you. T-Rex is always hungry and tiptoe past the spitting Dilosophaur otherwise you’ll get wet. Meet the Stegosaurus family, mother and baby Triceratops and the Brachiosaurus brothers to name a few.
Website: The Dinosaur Trail
Ever wanted to get really close to lemurs?
Talk turkey with Macaws?
Wander with Wallabies?
WITH FOUR ZOONIQUE WALKTHROUGHS…
At Manor House Wildlife Park you can!
Manor House Wildlife Park is a conservation-led zoo set in 52 acres of Pembrokeshire Parkland. Here you’ll find endangered species from all corners of the world in a natural and beautiful corner of Wales.
The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manages over 4,000 acres of some of the region’s most precious wild places in the form of over 80 nature reserves.This diverse area boasts magnificent coastline, islands, rugged mountains, the heritage rich ex-coalmining valleys and the richest agricultural land in Wales.The Trust is part of a wider movement of 47 Wildlife Trusts which cover the whole of the British Isles.The Trusts have the same aim which is an environment rich in wildlife for everyone and some core values which include:
To create A Living Landscape.
To secure Living Seas.
To inspire people about the natural world.
To encourage individual action for wildlife and the environment.
Folly Farm Today
Amazing adventures, penguin parties, toddler takeovers, cwtch corners, and zoo keeper experiences are all ways to describe Folly Farm today. This theme park has come a long way since its roots as a humble dairy farm to become one of the most exciting places to visit in Wales!
Begin your day with a visit to Penguin Coast. 24 Peruvian Penguins have travelled far and wide to make their home at the Folly Farm saltwater enclosure. Meet your furry friends and watch them waddle, swim and slide around their lovely new home.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s National Centre in Llanelli has excellent facilities that make it a great place for a day out for the whole family.
Covering some 450 acres, the reserve has a mosaic of habitats, including pools, lagoons and streams adjoining the saltmarshes and shore of Burry Inlet, in Carmarthenshire.
The extended eastern part of the site forms the Millenium Wetland and was funded by various bodies within Wales. It has transformed an area of low-grade farmland into some important habitats for both birds and other wildlife, notably dragonflies of which more than 20 species have been recorded across the site as a whole.
Although first impressions are that the Centre is mainly focused on birds, the variety of habitats make this resource home to so much more, including excellent plantlife, mammals and insects.
Anyone with a general interest in nature and wildlife will find this an absorbing and enjoyable place for a day out.