July 24 2014 Latest news:
Friday, June 27, 2014
From a hefty 15lb rabbit having a doze, to a timid chick pecking to get out of its shell – the Royal Norfolk Show showcased all creatures great and small.
Over the two-day event families were drawn to pet, play and perhaps even purchase the array animals on show in the livestock area.
The continental giant, a rabbit weighing a little over a stone, sat snugly next to the Netherland dwarf, a 3lb rabbit true to its name.
Organisers said livestock entries were at a record number this year with 870 cattle, 796 sheep, 80 pigs, 100 rabbits and 190 goats.
Baby chicks caused the most cooing as they pecked their way out of their eggs before stumbling around uneasy on their feet.
Mum of three Kate Watson, 33, brought her three-year-old Jack and twins Oscar and Aisling, 2, up from London to the show to enjoy the show with their grandparents Tony and Maggie Abel.
Mrs Watson said: “I used to go to the Norfolk Show every year, it’s a big family tradition to come here.
“The children have been loving seeing all the animals.”
Mr and Mrs Abel both retired last year from stewarding and said they were pleased to be spending time there with the youngsters.
Over by the goats, Abigail Turner, 10, from Wramplingham was petting Polo the Toggenburg goat and said she wanted to take one home.
Jayne Parsey, Polo’s owner, said the animals are some of the most friendly which attracted huge crowds to the tent.
Another youngster who enjoyed the livestock was Freya Litkin, seven, from Langley.
She was contemplating buying two guinea pigs to handle. The animal-lover said: “The guinea pigs are fluffy and friendly and I think they would make really nice pets.”