McCool FFA students hold open house at animal barn showcasing abundance of cuteness

McCOOL JUNCTION – As part of FFA Week, the McCool FFA Chapter opened their animal barn to the public Tuesday. Inside the Clay Real Memorial Animal Barn was unending cuteness as local kids got to see and hold new babies and pet their parents.

It was also a treat for the elderly, as Fairview Manor brought residents to the barn, to see the animals, hold them, love them.

Dana Hall, head of the McCool FFA program, says this day is the chapter’s “favorite day of the year.”

McCool FFA students said most of the animals live in the animal barn (located nearby the school) and are raised by them. Some of them – the goats with babies and a cow with a newborn calf – were brought in by local farmers/FFA advisors for this special day.

While baby goats curled up together next to their mother, the baby calf snuggled up to mom while kids giggled at their sweetness.

Turtles swam around in a tank while turkeys gobbled. Big rabbits were held by youngsters while a baby gerbil was gingerly held in little hands. Baby pigs nursed while their mother slept, and a variety of chickens mulled about. A lamb slept while kids oohed. And it has to be noted an iguana and ferret made their rounds around the room as they were passed from chest to chest.

Raising animals is an important part of the FFA program, as students learn to care for them while sharing their knowledge with younger students in the school system and the public as they benefit from seeing animals in real life, feeling great enjoyment.

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