The pets in the Zoo
In the summer months we have two calves with us. To make it safe to have them loose with the other animals on the ECT, our calves are replaced every year with new ones. The calves come from a dairy farmer. We currently have two calves of the breed Norwegian Red Feet (NRF). These are called Les and Norae and were born early in the year. Like our other animals, our calves are tame, but they can play quite violently so it's important to read their body language.
Our flock of sheep consists of about 10 sheep of the breed Norwegian fur sheep. The reason why the breed is called "fur sow" is that fur means "tail". Typical of the breed is that they have short tail. Because of the thick wool, the sheep can be out in the yard every day of the year. Twice a year we arrange sheep cutting, which is very popular for both children and adults. Our sheep are very fond of cows, and extremely good at stealing lunches from strollers.
We have the breed Norwegian dairy goat. The goats are ruminants and eat mainly grass, leaves, twigs and roots. The goats are incredibly playful and happy to climb. In the spring we get goat kicks running around and playing with both humans and each other. Our biggest goat is called Småen. He has huge horns, but is kind and good. Our goats have their own fencing in the summer, but in the winter they go loose in the yard.
EKT has three pigs named Vera, Bjarte and Champis. The first two are of the Canadian mini pig breed, while Champis is a Nordic mini pig. Unlike many other pigs, the pigs we have on EKT are not pink, but black and gray. Pigs are generally very relaxed animals that prefer to spend their days eating and sleeping. Our pigs are very fond of cuddling and are happy to roll over on their backs to be scratched on their stomachs.
Our rabbits live in the rabbit house inside the yard. It is allowed for children to enter the house to greet, but not all rabbits are equally tame. Most of our rabbits are Belgian giant rabbits. The breed is larger than regular pet rabbits and can grow up to 12 kg heavy. The rabbits are descendants of the European wild rabbit. Rabbits eat mainly leaves, vegetables and vegetables, and become very happy about children picking grass for them.
Most of our horses belong to the riding school and are used for riding lessons for children on weekdays. We have around 30 horses, in all possible sizes and shapes. You can read more about our riding school horses under "Riding school". Children visiting the zoo can try pony rides. The ponies used here are mainly Shetland ponies, which is the smallest pony breed. The Shetland ponies have been an important part of EKT's history and have been used in the riding school since 1928. We also have a pony that goes loose in the yard. His name is Albert, and with his 32 years he is EKT's oldest horse. Albert is retired and gets to do exactly what he wants.
Welcome to the chicken farm! It is located next to the tractor track. Here you can greet all our chickens. All chickens go in and out of the chickens freely at all times. We keep the door closed so that larger animals do not come in and eat the chicken feed, and the chickens have their own chicken stairs out to the yard. We have several different breeds: Bankiva, Kochin, Silk, Maran, Ice Bar, brown and white Italian and many more. In the spring we hatch chickens in the incubator, a fun activity that you can participate in for several weeks.
Our successor is Anton. He has long colorful feathers that he blows in the fan to impress the ladies. In the fall, the peacock naturally loses its tail feathers, so if you want a picture of the feathers when knocked out you have to come in summer. The springs grow out again in the spring. The peacocks live very long and can be up to 30 years old. Anton and the others are allowed to walk freely around the area, and often take a walk in the park outside the fences.
In the area, EKT has its own duck pond that houses several different swimming birds. We have many different swimming birds; Småens geese, Moskusand, Pekingand, Stokkand, Moulard and Rouenand. Most of our swimming birds are quite tame and accustomed to humans, but are not happy about cuddling. The domestic birds are not very capable and stay with us. The stick ducks are wild and come and go as they please.