Pre­cious has many fans

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Lit­tle Pre­cious McKen­zie has big hooves to fill.

The 4-week-old lamb, named after a fa­mous New Zealand weightlifter, is re­plac­ing Wellington’s most popular sheep, Yoda, who died this year.

Yoda left be­hind thou­sands of fans at the Lotsa Fol­lies Pet­ting Zoo in Takapu, but with his wig­gling tail and cute lit­tle face, Pre­cious is fast win­ning them over.

His owner, Phil Martin, said it would be about two years be­fore Pre­cious was big enough to give rides to small chil­dren as Yoda did.

‘‘At the mo­ment they [chil­dren] are bot­tle feed­ing him, which is fun.

‘‘But it will be more fun when they can ride him,’’ he said.

When that time comes, Pre­cious will need to live up to his name.

‘‘We de­cided to call him that be­cause he’s quite short and has to be strong to carry the kids.’’

Lotsa Fol­lies has up to 900 vis­i­tors a week­end in the sum­mer for pic­nics and par­ties. It is run by Martin and his part­ner, Sandy Nightin­gale, and was opened six years ago.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Feed­ing time: Lotsa Fol­lies Pet­ting Zoo owner Phil Martin with new pet, Pre­cious McKen­zie.

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