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Camels, yak, donkey, pygmy sheep tag along with Santa in visit to Mill Creek farm



Published: Sun, December 2, 2012 @ 4:03 p.m.

Camels, yak, donkey, pygmy sheep tag along with Santa in visit to Mill Creek farm

By SEAN BARRON

news@vindy.com

CANFIELD

Nearly everyone is accustomed to seeing Santa Claus flying high and traveling with his fleet of eight reindeer leading the way. But showing up with a two-hump camel, a miniature donkey and a sheep with four horns?

“Santa brought them along with him,” said Brenda Markley, referring to St. Nick’s furry friends that were a top attraction of Sunday’s Santa’s Wintertime Barn gathering at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road. The four-hour event, in its sixth year, allowed visitorss to see nontraditional animals while appreciating an uncommon bent to the holiday, noted Markley, Mill Creek MetroParks’ education manager.

Markley explained to youngsters and adults alike characteristics of the unusual animals that included the camel common in Mongolia and Africa, a one-hump camel, a baby yak typically found in Tibet, miniature donkeys native to Mediterranean regions and pygmy goats relatively new to the U.S.

“They came here originally with the circus but have been around 25 or 30 years or so,” Markley said of the small goats.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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