May the Force be with Yoda

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Welling­ton’s most fa­mous sheep has died, leav­ing thou­sands of lit­tle fans be­hind.

Yoda the sheep was a fix­ture at the Lotsa Fol­lies Pet­ting Zoo in Takapu since it opened six years ago.

His owner, Phil Martin, said Yoda al­ways put on a show and chil­dren loved him.

‘‘He was just so friendly and didn’t mind them go­ing for lit­tle rides on him,’’ he said.

‘‘ Thou­sands of kids have had some­thing to do with him. I miss him be­cause he was my best pet.’’

Martin raised Yoda from birth.

‘‘It took at least three years to get him as friendly as he was.’’

In Au­gust, Martin will choose an­other lamb to re­place Yoda, but un­til then his pet goat has stepped in to en­ter­tain the chil­dren.’’

Lotsa Fol­lies has be­tween 800 and 900 vis­i­tors a weekend in the sum­mer for pic­nics and par­ties. It is run by Martin and his part­ner, Sandy Nightin­gale.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Farewell Yoda: Lotsa Fol­lies owner Phil Martin said Yoda the sheep would be missed by thou­sands of chil­dren.

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