Salt Fork FFA host petting zoo

Rose Hawkins, Correspondent

Did you know that pigs can jump? Last week Jordan Tevebaugh brought Dotty, her pet pig, to the petting zoo at Salt Fork High School.  Dotty and her friend Como, the dog, live together with Jordan and her family.

Dotty is not just any ordinary pig, she is a house pig. That means that she lives in the house with Jordan and the rest of her family. She has free run of their home, likes to cuddle, likes to lay by the fireplace or on a furnace vent during the cold weather and sleeps on the foot of Jordan’s bed. 

That’s where the jumping comes in - Dotty gets up on and down off of the bed all by herself, and whenever she wants. Thanks in part to Como, Dotty is potty trained. “They go to the door together to be let out, and to come back in.” Jordan explained. “Pigs can be trained just like any pet can.”

Lexi Rice brought her horse, Tyler, to the petting zoo. “I’ve had Tyler two years. I ride often,” Lexi said, “because I like to ride and the exercise is good for him.

Tyler is 10 years old, and doesn’t like to be penned up in a small enclosure.” So Lexi took him for a short walk out into the parking lot, then brought him back just as Mrs. Thornsbrough brought her 3rd grade class to visit the petting zoo.

Dalton Toppe and Carly LaFoe were exhibiting baby chicks, of the Wyandotte variety of chickens. Wyandottes are a popular type of backyard flock. They lay around 200 eggs each year, and their life span is 8 to 12 years. 

Toppe is a co-president of the FFA with Matt Harris, who was not available at the time. The FFA holds the petting zoo each year during FFA Week, which took place February 17 - 24 this year.

FFA started out as Future Farmers of America, but in 1988 was changed to National FFA Organization to reflect the diversity and range of opportunities in agriculture.

FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers, it includes careers such as teachers, doctors, veterinarians, scientists, business owners and anything else interacting with farming.  

Other exhibits were puppies, goats, ducks and a sheep.

The students from Salt Fork North Elementary and local children brought by parents, grandparents and baby sitters visiting the petting zoo were all excited to get to interact with all of the animals.

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