Videos bring animals into our homes

Just Regional
Apr 3, 2020 2 mins read

At this time of year, scores of visitors flock to attractions such as Wroxham Barns to visit the animals, feed the lambs and learn more about them while having fun.

But now restrictions mean this is not possible, the team has brought the animals into our homes through videos – sharing daily smiles and clips on social media.

And the response has been overwhelming, leading to Wroxham Barns starting weekly Facebook Lives, taking families from around the country on tours of their farm to help feed the animals, see tricks and learn lots of facts.

The videos show Ant and Dec the llamas..
… and George the turkey.

The first video aired at 8.30am on April 2, with more than 550 people watching live whilst Ben Marshall, Wroxham Barns’ general manager, fed the alpacas, goats, sheep, pigs, ponies  and donkeys.

Ben said: “It was such a sad but necessary decision to close our doors whilst the country and world battle the coronavirus. Us closing has meant that guests are unable to visit, however everything still goes on behind the scenes at Wroxham Barns and the animals still very much need feeding, caring for and lots of attention.

“We started sharing pictures and videos of our animals and the mischief that they get up to and were amazed by the feedback of people wanting to see more. So, we tried a 30 minutes Facebook Live tour of our farm, so that families and children can feel part of the routine and meet all the animals and learn some facts too. I was blown away by the response and that over 550 people were watching the video live and asking lots of questions.

“With customers sharing pictures on Instagram of their families tuning in live to the broadcast, it really means a lot to the team, and I’m so pleased we’re able to offer some light and smiles in these otherwise quite gloomy times.”

Wroxham Barns will host two Facebook Lives a week during the lockdown, which will be every Tuesday at 8.30am and every Saturday at 4pm.

Ben hopes to show various aspects of Junior Farm and its animals, which include: rabbits, guinea pigs, pygmy goats, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep, alpacas, donkeys and ponies. 

You can join in by heading over to the Wroxham Barns Facebook page.

Sue the pig will also feature in the videos.

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