Waco: Petting zoo expands at HOT Fair & Rodeo

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) There’s lots of ‘new at the zoo’ at the 2018 Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo.

(Photo by Montana Brazil)

A fair staple, Noah’s Way Exotic Petting Zoo & Pony Rides, has two baby kangaroos this year, Roxy, 4 months, and Rocky, 8 months, plus a two-week-old water buffalo calf named Winnie.

“This is her very first show,” said Owner & Operator Cole Reeves.

Those weren’t the only “debuts”: Reeves said, on Wednesday alone, they had six lambs born in their live-birthing center.

Not enough new?

The petting zoo has expanded beyond it’s 80-plus animals including camels, zebras, goats and deer with an interactive bird cage!

Reeves says there’s nearly 150 parakeets parents and kids can feed and touch.

He said he saw it was a hit at other fairs, so he had to bring it to Central Texas.

“We started in March at Rodeo Austin and we've taken it about…I think this is the sixth place, and it seems to do really well everywhere,” said Reeves. “It's just something different that not every fair has and not everybody gets a chance to do."

Reeves, of Hico, says he’s been doing this for 19 years – since he was 14-years-old.

“There’s definitely something for everybody to like in here,” he says.