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Hands on @ Farm in the City

 

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BEING CLOSE TO THE ANIMALS is just one of those needs I have to fulfill in life every now and then. And lucky me, we found out that Farm in the City was this one place I could get up close and personal with all things organic, live and natural without driving for miles or fighting traffic jams.

Ol' Bessy, having a chomp at kangkong. OK, so her name isnt Bessy but she's a middle-aged lady at around 40, so we were told
Ol’ Bessy, having a chomp at kangkong. OK, so her name isnt Bessy but she’s a middle-aged lady at around 40, so we were told
Bessy knows when it's feeding time. She'll come up to you expecting to be fed
Bessy knows when it’s feeding time. She’ll come up to you expecting to be fed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now this fellow is a boy. H is smaller than Bessy because he is of a different specie and yes, he is actually older than Bessy too
Now this fellow is a boy. H is smaller than Bessy because he is of a different specie and yes, he is actually older than Bessy too. These guys, along with several other species of  turtles and land tortoises are in a separate pen where they can walk around and get fed all day
Now this fella is not to be messed with. Known as a Carnivorous Alligator Snapping Turtle which dates back to prehistoric ages like the dinosaurs, he likes his food live. Those beaks are lethal! There are a horde of them in the tank and visitors are told to keep their fingers away lest they get snapped off
Now this fella is not to be messed with. Known as a Carnivorous Alligator Snapping Turtle which dates back to prehistoric ages like the dinosaurs, he likes his food live. Those beaks are lethal! There are a horde of them in the tank and visitors are told to keep their fingers away lest they get snapped off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm in the City is actually a small petting zoo located at The Atmosphere, next to Downtown just behind Giant Hypermarket outside of Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan (near Pasar Borong Selangor). The animals inside are local and imported and some are pretty rare too.

In the deer pen. This fella came up close to sniff us out
In the deer pen. This fella came up close to sniff us out. The deer pen also features chickens and birds
Another two couldnt be bothered with sniffing. They just came up and asked for food. These guys are very observant. The moment you are handed kangkong, they know it's time to eat
Another two couldnt be bothered with sniffing. They just came up and asked for food. These guys are very observant. The moment you are handed kangkong, they know it’s time to eat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fur, Fin and Feathers + Fruits

Oh look! A Nangka tree!
Oh look! A Nangka tree!

It’s all Fur, Fin and Feathers at Farm in the City, plus a vegetable and fruit farm plus fruit trees planted throughout, just so us city folks get to know how our fruits and vegetables grow. For example, fruiting Nangka trees, Rambutan trees, Lime trees and Guava trees are placed strategically along your path so that you bump into them and go – “Oh, look! A Nangka tree!”

Birds, tortoises, deer...it's all a good mix
Birds, tortoises, deer…it’s all a good mix
Chickdee! They have an incubator which hatches them
Chickdeedooda!

 

 

 

 

 

Well, it’s just in case you haven’t seen one before and most of us, seriously, haven’t seen one before.

Those two chompers walked away from us as soon as they saw new visitorscoming in. Ah! More lunch coming up!
Those two chompers walked away from us as soon as they saw new visitors coming in. Ah! More lunch coming up!
Another look at the Goat and Deer pen from another angle. There are many breeds of goats and deer here, some tiny, some humongous
Another look at the Goat and Deer pen from another angle. There are many breeds of goats and deer here, some tiny, some humongous
Look! A skunk! Cute fella! This one is white and not its characteristic black and white. He seemed very sleepy
Look! A skunk! Cute fella! This one is white and not its characteristic black and white. He seemed very sleepy

Warm and Cold Blooded

The animals (plus reptiles) range from the local Malaysian ones like Reticulated Pythons ( real fat giant monsters they were) to Malayan Box Turtles (those common ones, to “kampung” chickens, civet cats, the Sang Kanchil to cows and fish (Tilapia plus Carps) to Prairie Dogs, Ostriches and Blue-tongued Skinks imported all the way from Australia and South America and even China and the like, to Wallabies, Dinosaur-aged Alligator Turtles and Feret Foxes to goats and Peacocks and even Shetland Ponies.

Guinea pig having a chomp
Guinea pigs having a chomp

1feeding rbbits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rabbit hutch with all the small animals living together here
The rabbit hutch with all the small animals living together here

Hands-On Business

Most of the animals there are trained and can be interacted with. You can pet them, hold them, feed them and even pose for pictures with the animals. They are tame and very friendly towards humans.  When people come into their pens, they come forward to get fed. They are also in very good condition.

Here are two of the tiny ponies advertised as the smallest horses in the world. Like the hair-cut!
Here are two of the tiny ponies advertised as the smallest horses in the world. Like the hair-cut!
Here is one of the taller ponies saddled up to give horse-rides
Here is one of the taller ponies saddled up to give horse-rides

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the children who were feeding the rabbits
Some of the children who were feeding the rabbits

We noticed a lot of school children come by for day excursions with their teachers and they all get a chance to play with the animals. In fact, I believe school tours are held there on a daily basis. When I was there last Saturday, I saw troops and troops of schoolchildren from different schools coming in on tour buses taking guided tours through the zoo in batches.

Education on Megaphones

The guides or presenters there are extremely welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable of the animals. They will gladly guide you through the zoo and talk about the animals that are on display to educate you. To address the separate entourage of school children, they use megaphones.

Oooh....the Raccoons were a hit! They were so friendly and definitely one of the most popular attractions
Oooh….the Raccoons were a hit! They were so friendly and definitely one of the most popular attractions
Curious fellas and very tame!
Curious fellas and very tame!
Facepalm! "He's even shaking hands!" the one on the right must be thinking
Facepalm! “He’s even shaking hands!” the one on the right must be thinking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors Welcomed

The animals don’t mind the intrusion into their private lives. Some of the animals, for everyone’s safety, are kept in their enclosure but for the most part, many of them are let out freely to mingle with the visitors.

Ducks a-swimmin'
Ducks a-swimmin’
Chickens a-peckin'
Chickens a-peckin’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See those two guys up there? Don't they remind you of 'The Men In Black?'
See those two guys up there? Don’t they remind you of ‘The Men In Black?’

The birds, especially were amazing. They fly to you, perch on your shoulder, and flock to you the moment you put your hand out to give them food. Some of the birds were pecking all over the ground too and I was afraid they would get stepped on, being so tiny. Some of the birds were the burung pipit and tiny sparrows and finches but thankfully none got stepped on even though there were throngs of crowds moving about their large aviary.

A Feret Fox looking quizically at us
A Feret Fox looking quizically at us

Free Food For Feeding

You dont have to buy the food to feed the animals, it’s given to you. Like pellets for the birds and fish and kangkong for the others. The food for the animals is quite regulated, you are not to feed outside food and they are quite strict on that.

As for human food; well, that’s not free. In fact, it’s extremely pricey and just about so-so. Like a bag of poorly made popcorn will set you back RM5.50 or so, something you can probably get at RM2.00. Drinks are also a killer in the price department. You are advised to bring your own Tupperware of water and eat before you come.

The fish in the paddling pond which we fed
The fish in the paddling pond which we fed
Prairie dogs
Prairie dogs

Hygiene

Speaking of eating and putting your hands in your mouth, you are reminded and given plenty of opportunity to wash your hands every few steps of the way as animals do carry mites on their bodies no matter how well-kept they are. I remember breaking into itchy rashes the last time I went horse-riding (many years back) although I didn’t break out this time. I was careful to wash at all times.

The Blue-Tongued Skink put out for petting. The skin felt leathery
The Blue-Tongued Skink put out for petting. The skin felt leathery
A bamboo rat snoring away. He was full from lunch as you can see
A bamboo rat snoring away. He was full from lunch as you can see

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a wonderful time interacting with the animals. It turned out to be a very therapeutic experience, I felt complete again after the visit and I would definitely go back again in the future.

The gift shop with its creepy crawlie memorabilia
The gift shop with its creepy crawlie memorabilia
More creepy crawlie memorabilia
More creepy crawlie memorabilia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, luckily the gift shop wasnt just abbout creepy crawlies. They sold other items too
Well, luckily the gift shop wasnt just abbout creepy crawlies. They sold other items too

Ticket prices are RM32 for adults if you can show your MyKad. Farm in the City is on Facebook. Just go search.

Meanwhile, watch the videos we took:

Ol’ Bessy the Turtle Chomping:

Guinea Pigs Chewing their Lunch:

Feeding Frenzy at the Fish Pond:

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