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Animal Corner – The Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoises hail from North America such as Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. They are one of the oldest living known species dating back 60 million years. Gopher Tortoises dig long burrows which end up providing shelter for many other animals, like mice, foxes and skunks. The Gopher Tortoise can reach about 12 inches long and has a life span of up to 100 years. They don't…

Animal Corner – The Shetland Pony

The Shetland pony is a favorite among kids of all ages due to their small stature and gentle nature. Standing an average of just 44 inches tall, the Shetland comes from the Shetland Isles south of  Scotland? Although often used today to give rides and have as pets, Shetland ponies used to be working horses, pulling carts in farms and coal mines. This might be surprising given their size but…

Animal Corner – The Belted Galloway

Does an Oreo cookie and a cow have anything in common? Well, if you're talking about the Belted Galloway the answer is yes! Sometimes called the Oreo Cow, this breed has is black with a white strip down the center, much like an Oreo cookie. These guys weigh an average of 1,250 pounds, have a calm temperament and are known for having a strong maternal instinct. While we don't know…

Animal Corner – The Watusi

Originally coming from Africa, the Watusi, or Ankole-Watusi as it is officially called, is a mid-sized cattle breed. Traditionally the Watusi was very important to the people of Africa, even being used as currency and called the "cattle of Kings" in the past.  They have a distinctive look with large, long horns that can grow up to 8 feet from tip-to-tip. These horns act as both protection and a means…

Animal Corner – The Jacob Sheep

Sheep have been kept by humans for thousands of years for a range of reasons, from fleece to a food source. And while there are a variety of sheep species, one of the oldest known is the Jacob Sheep. This small breed dates all the way back to Syria nearly 3,000 years ago. There is some debate as to the origins of the Jacob, but many feel they come from…

Animal Corner – The Texas Longhorn

Few animals have such distinctive features as the Texas Longhorn.  Known for their horns, which can reach up to 7 feet long at the tip, the Longhorn is a large cattle species used in the beef and dairy industry. The Longhorn can reach up to 2,200 pounds and are known as a very hardy cattle species. They are herbivores that graze on nearly any type of vegetation. Since they aren't…

Pygmy Goat

Animal Corner — Pygmy Goats

Pygmy Goats are a miniature breed of domestic goat. As with deer, females are called does and males are bucks. The does can reach weights up to 75 pounds, while bucks can hit 86 pounds. They can grow between 16 and 23 inches high. They originated in West Africa, but were eventually imported into Europe and the US. As the famous country song goes, Pygmy Goats are little but loud! Their bleating can be heard…