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Lil' Rexing's Animal Petting

12 noon – 2:00 pm ET, near lower shelter house

by Jamie Rexing

FFF 2017 Mollys 11 Lil RexingsLast year’s patrons might remember the donkey Pancho Joe, the sheep Esther, and the skunk Skunky Brewster? These beloved furry friends, along with Shepard, a miniature steer, cared for by Lil Rexing’s, will be returning to the festival. Research shows that the mutual benefits of children holding and petting animals are dramatic. The contact often has a calming effect upon children and teaches them to love and respect the animals; the animals also get joy and comfort from being petted and loved. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children and to ensure kind handling of the animals.

Shepard is a 9-month old Angus/Hereford miniature steer. He won Grand Champion Steer in the Pike County 4-H Fair. Esther is a Southdown sheep. She is 6 years old and loves everyone and loves to eat all day. She has lived on the farm since she was about 6 months old. Pancho Joe is a miniature donkey also 6 years old. He loves to hee-haw and warn when people come onto the farm. He also loves to chase chickens and get his ears rubbed. Skunky Brewster is a 3-year old skunk. He has been descented, so he cannot spray. He weighs 10 lbs. and loves his veggies, dog food and bugs.

Lil' Rexing's Pony Express is small family-owned farm run by the Rexings (mom, dad, and two children) on ten acres on the far west side of Evansville, Indiana. On the farm live a small community of animals that children can visit, pet, and ride. The farm--open year-round--provides a loving environment for the animals. Appointments are required. The family provides off-farm parties and on-farm parties including pony rides, petting opportunities, and a playground. Lil' Rexing's generally book parties eight to ten weeks in advance. For more information, call Jamie Rexing at 812-985-3175 and leave a message.

FOR WEBSITE ONLY:  Also visit  https://www.facebook.com/LilRexings/.

Related article: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/03/09/146583986/pet-therapy-how-animals-and-humans-heal-each-other

 

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