BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE — Whether they’re covered in fluff, fur, or scales, there’s something fascinating about baby animals.
The USU Botanical Center has tiny creatures of all kinds at their upcoming Baby Animal Days, set for May 10 from 2-8 p.m. and May 11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the center’s home in Kaysville. Everything from baby sheep to baby alligators will be on hand for the event, which is now in its second year.
“We were thrilled at the success we had last year,” said Utah House Coordinator Jayne Mulford. “We had everything from baby pigs and goats to turkeys and llamas.”
This year’s collection of babies will also include reptiles from Scales and Tales, which will be bringing baby alligators, crocodiles and turtles. The group will hold two shows a day, at 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday and noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
“They’ll have an educational component,” said Mulford.
An area will be set up to allow kids the experience of holding baby ducks, chicks and rabbits. A free children’s craft will also be available.
“Kids can take it home and give it to their moms for Mother’s Day,” said Mulford.
Other activities include sheep shearing demonstrations, horse rides, face painting and train rides. Admission includes one horse ride and face painting ticket for all children, though more tickets will have to be purchased for additional rides.
The festival serves as a fundraiser for both the USU Botanical Center and the Utah 4H, which partners with the center. The 4H uses half the money to support its list of programs, while the botanical center works to develop new gardens.
The partnership also helps Baby Animal Days live up to its name.
“A lot of the animals are owned by the 4H kids,” said Mulford.
Tickets for the event are $5 per person or $25 per family (up to 6 people ages 3 and up). They can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Discounts are available for military and garden member families.
For more information and a complete list of activities, visit babyanimaldays.org.