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Fascinating Facts about Wild Boar

We live on the edge of a national forest and so we are very lucky to see many wild animals, including wild boar. Wild boar are wild pigs, or more to the point pigs were once wild boar, before humans domesticated them, and in fact if a sow pig escapes into the wild it can settle down and mate with a wild boar. Like pigs the male is called a boar, the female a sow, and the babies piglets. These beautiful animals get a lot of bad press, however, like most wild animals they will only attack if they are …

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Fascinating Facts about Praying Mantis

Where we live there are still lots of Praying Mantis around even though we are in November. Did you know, these very exotic looking insects have triangular heads which can turn 180 degrees, like humans, large eyes AND they can fly! Here’s another interesting fact – they only have one ear, and you will never guess where it is. It is on the underside of their belly in front of its back legs. The ear detects ultrasound, which is the sound that bats make, this is very handy since bats are predators of mantis and try and catch them in …

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Toby Meets Tom and Tilly – Socialising Your Puppy

  This weekend was very social one for Toby, he met up with his his canine friends old and new, and this made me think about the importance of socialising your puppy. It is very important to socialise your puppy, although you should only do so with other dogs which you know are in good health, have up to date vaccinations, and the meeting should be at your home or a place where strange dogs haven’t been, because your puppy will be very vulnerable to diseases until itsfinal set of jabs. Friends and family will want to see your new …

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From Kitten to Cat.

What a difference a year makes! It doesn’t seem possible that the wonderful young cat who now shares our life here at Fantasy Farm was once a tiny scared kitten, his transformation has been a joy to see. When we came back off of a short break and decided to sit outside on the patio that September evening last year, we were really surprised to see a tiny black and white kitten crawl out from a crack under a window further down the building, and peer hesitatingly at us.   From the other cats distainful behaviour it was obvious that …

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Where are are all the swallows going?

  Since they arrived in the late spring the air around our house has been full of swallows swooping around desperate to catch enough bugs and flying insects to feed themselves and their young. The adult swallows have to feed their youngsters up to 400 times a day! Their nests have been in the barn for many years, well a long time before mum and dad moved here!  It’s amazing to me that they can find their way back here each spring after migrating the autumn before to spend their winter in the warmer weather of Africa, south of the …

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Fascinating Facts about Chickens

  As readers of our blog will know, we have some lovely chickens at Fantasy Farm, and they lay delicious eggs, so I thought it would be nice to share with you some fun facts about them. Did you know?  Healthy Chickens lay about 265 eggs a year, AND they lay the eggs whether or not there is a cockerel (male) in the run with them. The colour of the eggs is not the same as the colour of the hen, although some brown hens lay brown eggs, black hens like our Jessica and Rebecca, who are a breed called Marans, …

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The trouble with Duckweed…

Hi everyone, So what is the trouble with duckweed? The trouble is that it looks like grass!!!! Those of you who have read Toby’s Tails – Still Wagging, will remember that when I was only 6 months old I ran straight into a pond covered with Duckweed because I thought it was grass, and last Sunday, 8 years later, I did the same thing again. There I am, happily bumbling down the tow path enjoying the sunshine at La Suze Sur Sarthe. Then would you believe it, seconds after this photo was taken I turned around and trotted back a …

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All About Hedgehogs

  The other day we were out for a drive when mum pulled over and said “Look, there’s a baby hedgehog!” Sure enough, there was a hedgehog rooting through the leaves looking for food. Hedgehogs eat frogs, insects, worms, snails, mice, and grubs. Hedgehog is a strange name. Have you ever wondered why it is called that? Well, the name hedgehog started being used a long time ago in about 1450. The name came about because it can quite often be found rooting about under the ‘hedges’ and it has a nose like a pig, or hog – hence hedgehog. …

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Love Transcends Species

  Hi everyone, On Saint Valentines Day I would like to write a little post (with Mum’s help of course) about love. Sometimes there is a lot of bad press about animals disliking one another, both the same species and different. However when you look around you in the word there are also wonderful examples of animals helping others, protecting them, and bringing up animals and birds which traditionally they are supposed to hate. It is often said that dogs and cats do not like each other, and sometimes they don’t, but my life has changed since a little black …

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Free Children’s Kindle Books 26th, 27th, 28th January 2017

  I am offering all my award winning children’s books FREE in celebration of National Multicultural Children’s Book day which is this Friday,  27th January. The links shown are for Amazon.com however the books are free on all Amazon sites worldwide, and the links below, should give you the option of downloading from the Amazon site of your choice. The books will be FREE on Kindle on 26th, 27th and 28th of January – they are for children who love animals aged 4-9 years and I have grouped them below so you can download the books together if you or …

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