WLTAG is Welcoming Many New Babies This Spring
This spring has seen an abundance of new, furry arrivals to West Lothian, and many of our West Lothian Attractions Group members have had the pleasure of welcoming their very own. From the cheeps and bleats of hatchlings and new-borns to new arrivals who have been rescued from overseas, there are lots of new faces to meet!
Almond Valley has recently welcomed two baby pigmy goats to their farm, boy Flash and girl Storm. The names were voted for by the public on a Facebook poll and a ‘superhero’ theme was selected on the basis that both kids have dark, mask-like markings across their faces. Flash and Storm were welcomed to the world on Mother’s Day and are settling into the farm very well.
The Scottish Owl Centre have been expecting a number of hatches to take place over the past couple of weeks, including that of baby Barn owls and Ural owls. Many of their other owl species are still trying to hatch some eggs, with quite a few still in incubation. A female Oriental Bay Owl was also brought in earlier this year in the hope that she will mate with their existing male, but they have still to become familiar with one another.
Beecraigs Country Park has greeted some new calves recently, with the arrival of four Highland calves and one Highland Belted Galloway cross. Beecraigs are also in the middle of their lambing period at the moment, but it is still a little too early to see them leaping around the fields as the ewes are still indoors. It is expected they will be out and about very soon!
Five Sisters Zoo are also expecting two young new rescue bears from Belgium . The brown bears, boy Henk and girl Eso, were rescued from a roadside restaurant in Albania last year where they had been living in a small, cramped cage with very poor conditions and very limited food and water. The bears have been recovering extremely well in Belgium and Five Sisters is looking forward to welcoming them to their forever-home very shortly!