A Visit With Pancake The Mini Cow And More

Achievement: #88. Visit the Mini Cow at Living Treasures

Not only do we have the fantastic Pittsburgh Zoo here in the ‘Burgh, we have two charming little animal parks just a short drive from the city at Living Treasures Animal Parks. And not only can you see the animals at Living Treasures, you can PAT AND FEED most of them too!!! (Yes, including reindeer!!)

We have been to the northern location in Moraine before, but we had never traveled south to the Donegal location. This year, we decided to do just that, in the hopes that we could pat their miniature cow.

We were *kind of* successful.

Living Treasures Animal Park
First, let’s talk about the amazing other things you can see at Living Treasures in Donegal.

Living Treasures Animal Park
There are tiny rodents you’ve never even heard of before. How cute is that little guy? He (or she) is a Patagonian Cavy. Don’t you just want one for your house?

Living Treasures Animal Park
There are hugely fat pigs.

Living Treasures Animal Park
There are tiny pigs who look like they are about to drop the hottest rap album of the summer.

Living Treasures Animal Park
Some of the animals are a little too far away for patting, like this majestic bison. These animals are just for looking.

Living Treasures Animal Park
Then there are animals like the baby bears, which are for looking and also feeding. The bears have tubes that you can pour treats into. They are really good at working your sympathies so you spend all of your food on them.

Living Treasures Animal Park
Seriously, who could say no to those faces??

Living Treasures Animal Park
In addition to animals you can pat, there are some animals you can hold. This is a small tortoise, and I got to hold him LIKE A CHEESEBURGER. (That is literally how they told me to hold him. Amazing.)

Living Treasures Animal Park
Basically, your time at Living Treasures is a giant smorgasbord of animal feeding and patting.

Living Treasures Animal Park
A true smorgasbord.

Living Treasures Animal Park
Okay, there’s the occasional scolding of an overzealous or pushy little beast.

Living Treasures Animal Park
But generally, just lots and lots of feeding and patting.

And of course, the cows.

Living Treasures Animal Park
Living Treasures in Donegal has three cows. One is your standard moo cow.

Living Treasures Animal Park
One is this adorable tiny highland cow who is just searching for his hairbrush and his copy of Bona Drag.

Living Treasures Animal Park
And then… there is Pancake.

Living Treasures Animal Park
In his defense, we visited Living Treasures the morning before a huge storm, which meant it was the most humid day of the summer, so I can understand why he didn’t want to come out and visit us in the sun. But I thought maybe I could coerce him over for some pats if I held out some treats.

Living Treasures Animal Park
Alas, Pancake “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For This Heat” the Mini Cow stayed safely tucked away in his shelter, making the most adorable annoyed faces at us that he could muster.

Living Treasures Animal Park
Luckily, this little guy was tiny enough to count as a mini cow in my book, and he was ALL about the pats, so I think this counts for our Achievement.

Living Treasures is a blast. The animals all appeared to be happy and well cared-for. Even in the blistering heat they were friendly and sociable. We really loved spending a few hours feeding, patting, and visiting with the animals.

The season for Living Treasures will be ending in November for both locations, but they run a special event in the fall. In October, they are open from 7-11pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. You can check out the animals in the evening hours when they’re likely to be more active without the hot sun overhead. Check them out at either location (and see if you can get little Pancake to come over for some pats if you visit Donegal).

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2 Responses to A Visit With Pancake The Mini Cow And More

  1. Woubbie

    I somehow feel that “cavy” is something I learned from extensive filling-in of crossword puzzle grids.

  2. Hello, I’ve enjoyed your last two posts and I can help you out with #74. See a Miniature Railroad, but I couldn’t find a contact email address.

    Please email me and we can work out the details.
    Bob
    Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum Webmaster

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