By Aimee Nielson
Faculty of Kentucky
Candy Pea and Snappy have been entertaining and educating Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard guests for additional than a ten years, however it’s virtually summer season and summer season is scorching. These two English babydoll sheep have been carrying a hefty load and overdue for a shearing.
Mary Abbott, crew chief for the Cincinnati Kids’s Zoo, Purple Pandas and Roo Valley, has labored on the zoo for added than 30 years. The crew routinely direct the sheep across the zoo to satisfy up with web site guests and educate them about wool. However she claimed finding any person to shear the sheep has been a impediment, notably through the COVID-19 pandemic, so she and her employees resorted to shearing the sheep on their very own.
“We’re not expert shearers and our curator suggested we name the College of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service to see if we may come throughout a person,” she mentioned.
By the extension connections, the zoo situated Regina Utz, a Kentucky 4-H alumna and new Kentucky Cooperative Extension agent for agriculture and all-natural belongings in Trimble County.
Utz grew up in 4-H exhibiting sheep and rabbits as properly as beef cattle, dairy cattle, geese, goats and hogs. She was honored to trip to Cincinnati to help Candy Pea and Snappy drop their thick, wool coats.
“These two sheep look like they are going to be tremendous chill and I think about they’ll be actually easy,” Utz acknowledged previous to starting the job. “Their wool is a small intensive, however with a little or no time, we’ll get it cleaned up and don’t have any points.”
Utz enlisted the allow of her sister Renora Utz and Cincinnati Kids’s Zoo staffer Remy Romaine. Regina Utz acknowledged most sheep have to have at minimal a single haircut for every year, probably two.
“We love to do it in early spring after which a little or no little bit later within the middle of the summer season season,” Regina Utz mentioned.
Abbott and her colleagues have been happy to view the transformation unfold.
“We’re undoubtedly thrilled to know from Regina,” Abbott talked about. “She’s in there washing sheep supreme now and he or she’s blowing our ideas just because nearly each sheep shearer we have now labored with has reported they need to be dry. So, Regina now’s exhibiting us one thing new. My complete group is true right here simply to watch and inquire points. And we’re simply significantly excited that we have now this feature to carry out with (Uk Faculty or college of Agriculture, Meals and Environment) to assist our sheep get haircuts this 12 months.”
Abott reported Candy Pea and Snappy look outstanding and will likely be geared up to proceed being zoo ambassadors with a little or no extra pep of their part.