There is good news and some bad news for those who love the goats and other cute animals at a popular petting zoo in Victoria.
First, the good news.
The Beacon Hill Children’s Farm is expected to open this year, but because of COVID-19, it won’t happen until closer to May or June.
Lynda Koendars, operator of the farm, told CHEK News that things will look a little different at the popular Victoria attraction when it does reopen later this year.
“We’ll be having pathways in one direction. We’ll divide the big pathway the main pathway in half so people can go down one side and up the other,” she said.
Now, for the bad news.
The petting area won’t be open this year as it is rather difficult to sanitize the farm animals between visitors.
However, Koendars says the goats will still be there.
“The goats will be there but you will not be able to go in because, obviously, we can not clean the goats and do social distancing in the petting area,” she said.
In fact, there are already goats on the farm and more will be coming in the weeks ahead.
As for the famous goat stampede?
“The goats will do the stampede but they won’t be doing it while the people are in here because it will be very difficult to do the spacing so the goats will run down into the petting area before we open and they’ll run up after we close so that’s a disappointing thing but we need to keep everybody safe
On-site donations, which covered the cost of caring for the animals, have stopped ever since the farm shut down in March. As a result, the farm has been relying on online donations made through its GoFundMe page or by adopting an animal.
To donate to the farm and for more information on how to adopt an animal, click here.