We take your safety very seriously to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience here with us.
Please take a moment to read through the below Information provided.
We suggest that the pigs are not fed from your hands as they are known to sometimes bite.
(However we would advise you to take care when feeding all the animals and where possible please use the feeding tubes provided).
- After petting and feeding animals
- Before entering the picnic and play area
- Before eating/drinking
What is a tick?
Ticks are tiny creatures called parasites which feed on the blood of lots of types of animals and sometimes people. They travel by walking on the ground and up plants, or are transported by birds and animals, then they wait for an animal or person to pass by, drop onto it or hook onto it with special hooks on their legs.
What does a tick look like?
Why are ticks a risk to people and pets?
Ticks normally choose wildlife and farm livestock to be their hosts. However, people and pets send out the same signals as the tick's usual hosts. Some ticks can carry organisms in their saliva. When they bite, the saliva can enter the bloodstream of the host and this can make them ill.
Because winters are warmer, and because there have been changes in farming methods, as well as other factors, there are more ticks about. Ticks are also spreading into new places where they weren't found before. Because of this, and because more people tend to be involved in outdoor activities, a greater number of people get bitten by ticks. This means that more people get diseases from the ticks.
Diseases passed on by ticks are called tick-borne diseases. The most common tick-borne disease to affect people in the UK and Ireland is Borreliosis, which is also called Lyme borreliosis or Lyme disease.
How to safely remove ticks
If you develop any symptoms of illness (rash, fever, flu-like symptoms) following tick removal, please seek advice from your GP.
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