This weekend we went to the Texas A&M Vet School Open House. We skipped most parts, but Ewan thoroughly enjoyed the petting zoo! After his trepidations at the tent containing various breeds of dogs, I was not so sure he would like it.
Once Joe introduced Ewan to a baby goat, he was sold. They were his favorite. A teenaged girl saw Ewan having so much fun with them, she asked if she could give him some food to feed a baby goat (they sold food there). We said yes, and Ewan had an audience of people clearly thinking toddler boy + baby goats = one of the cutest things ever. I saw several girls taking cell phone pictures / video of him. (I choose to be flattered instead of creeped out.) After the food, one baby goat decided to give Ewan lots of “kisses” (licks) – the picture on the bottom left is Ewan getting a free ear cleaning.
The alpaca was very soft and sweet. Ewan had no idea what it was, but was very excited when he first saw it – I love that he still waves his arms in the air when he gets excited about something. Confession: At the time, we told him it was a llama.
Ewan kept squatting down and smiling at animals right in their face. After petting so many soft animals, the wiry-haired pig was not his favorite.
Ewan had never touched a chicken before. He liked the soft feathers. When Ewan only said a few words, he would call chicken (like chicken nuggets or chicken and dumplings as well as chickens in his books), “bock bock” (the sound chickens make). That stuck for a long time, and still he often calls chicken, “chicken bock bock.” He has definitely known that he eats chicken, pig and cow, but I never know how his mind balances the food and the animals. Several times when we’ve given him meat cooked a different way he’s asked, “Cat? Dog?” and we have to tell him it’s just chicken, not cooked cat or dog. Tonight (the day after the petting zoo) we had some chicken breast and Ewan kept pointing to different parts of the meat and saying, “eyes, nose, mouth” just as he did with the live chicken. Who knows what he thinks. He still ate it.
One time Joe leaned over, only to have a deer pop up in his face.
A highlight for me was the wallaby carrying a baby in her pouch.
We had a good time, and as always it lifts our hearts to watch Ewan delighting in his experiences.