Waco: Goats, exotic animals galore at fair

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) More than 50 exotic animals have made their way to Waco.

(Photo by Rissa Shaw)

Noah's Way Exotic Petting Zoo, part of the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo's H-E-BUDDY BARNYARD, has brought animals from across the world for Central Texas families to enjoy.

They have two camels, one is a baby 'double hump' camel named Charles, dozens of goats and deer, unique cattle, llamas, alpacas, plus a zebra, a baby water buffalo, a wallaby, and even a tortoise.

All are hand-raised.

According to owner Cole Reeves, Noah's Way is also in charge of a 'live birthing station,' where sheep are giving birth to newborns at the fair around the clock.

Organizers say it's a 'must-see educational exhibit.'

The petting zoo is open from 4-10pm Thursday, 4-11pm Friday, and 12pm-12am Saturday.

It's free to pet the animals, but there's a small cost for those wanting to feed them.

The 65th Annual HOT Fair & Rodeo is being celebrated as the G.O.A.T. or "Greatest of All Time" - the mascot? A goat, of course.

The fair's media partners and sponsors took part in a goat roping contest Wednesday; KWTX's Rissa Shaw won second place out of 16 competitors who were assisted by ten cowboys.