Arizona Down Under Exotic Petting Zoo; a good place to see and pet some of nature’s friendly and exotic animals

Little Odin, just 5 weeks old in his beautiful new purple harness. He has such a wise look in his eyes, as if he is thinking to himself: "What on Earth Are the Humans Doing Now?"

Little Odin, just 5 weeks old in his beautiful new purple harness. He has such a wise look in his eyes, as if he is thinking to himself: “What on Earth Are the Humans Doing Now?”

Arizona Down Under Exotic Petting Zoo.
Located at Queen Creek, South East of Phoenix.
Contact Sherry Pietilainen on 602-538-5668 for information or to arrange a vist.  You can also buy beautiful alpaca wool and product (see below).
Alpacas, Capybaras, Zebus, an Emu and Patagonian Cavies and more Animals

Little Odin Drying off after His Bath, Which He Loved. December 2013

Little Odin Drying off after His Bath, Which He Loved.
December 2013

In this video, Little Odin, just 8 weeks old, seems to be dreaming about food or perhaps suckling milk from his mother Collett. He is so sweet and gentle. Every time he wanted to go exploring on the kitchen work surface I had to pull him back down again. He never protested, but just settled down sweetly in my arms as I massaged him. His father is Scrappy and his mother is Collett. He is related to Romeo, Gari and Señor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLOAzDyWZvo

You can see photos of the wonderful animals, including newborn babies on Chris Pietilainen’s Facebook page:    https://www.facebook.com/chris.pietilainen?fref=ts

Teatime at Chris’s: The animals all get on so well together and much prefer their own company to that of humans. Of course I’m trying to change that with Scrappy and Collett, the Capybaras. Rudi, the Patagonian Cavy, and Becky the Emu both think that they are capybaras. Rudi adores Collett and follows her around trying to sniff her bottom. Becky gets in to the pond and rolls around like a capybara!

A visit to Arizona Down Under Exotic Petting Zoo is a good day out for the whole family.  Here you can see and pet some of nature’s more friendly and adorable exotic animals.

You may be greeted by Socrates, the friendliest alpaca who loves people. The first time Chris and Sherry took Socrates to an event where he would meet the public, they had to lift him into the truck. The second time he jumped in enthusiastically all by himself, he couldn’t wait to get there and meet all the people.

Socrates the friendliest alpaca video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cu8ZPSOctU

New attractions are baby alpacas, called cria. And little Odin, an incredibly cute baby capybara.

Fabulous idea for presents: Chris and Sherry have alpaca wool/yarn and other beautiful alpaca products like scarves for sale. Alpaca wool is incredibly warm and lightweight and very soft.  Contact Sherry for more information.

Most people who have wool allergies are allergic to the lanolin in the wool fiber, alpacas do not produce lanolin and in most cases alpaca wool does not cause an allergic reaction. Alpaca fiber is also naturally fire retardant.

Little Baby Stormy Knight, born in December 2012. Alpacas only have bottom teeth for eating. On the top is a hard gum pad against which they crush grain, grass, and hay in a back and forth grinding motion.

Little Stormy Knight feels perfectly at home in Chris and Sherry’s house! “Stormy came in for a bit last night to be fitted for his chest harness. Alpaca cria (the name for baby alpacas) cannot wear a halter until they are 3 to 4 months old because the cartilage in their face / nose is too soft and can be damaged causing permenant injury and possible breathing problems.”  Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Chris wrote: “Went out back at 2am and found a camera worthy sight, didn’t have camera though! Sheba, the huge white Pyrenean Mountain dog (as we call them in Europe) or great pyrs as they are called here in the US, was laying on the rug with Rebecca, the emu, next to her, Rudi, the Patagonian cavy, laying between them, with Scrappy and Collett laying at a 90 degree angle next to them. The only thing missing was a Socrates (the friendly alpaca) blanket. I do believe I have some very confused animals living here.”

Most people would be envious to share their home with such a friendly and interesting collection of animals.

Scrappy and Collett, the capybaras, come inside to check out their accommodation.   Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Scrappy came to live with Chris before Collett. When Collett arrived she didn’t particularly like Scrappy, so the two capybaras had to be kept apart while they got to know each. At night, Scrappy and Collett were put in separate but adjoining enclosures separated by a chain link fence.   After a while they began to sleep  as close to each other as they possibly could at night, with just the thin strands of metal separating them.

I fell in love in love with the capybaras Scrappy and Collett.

Collett, the female Capybara, Looking very Decorative

Many of the animals come into the house for breakfast each morning (how I would love to be there!).   Scrappy and Collett always come inside. One cold morning, Colett came in as usual. As it was a cold morning Chris closed the door to keep the heat in. When Collett realised that her beloved Scrappy was still outside she panicked and wouldn’t relax until she was reunited with him. I love the way these two Capybaras go everywhere together.

Scrappy and Collett know when the water spray is going to be turned on for their mud bath to begin.  This is because the alpacas are moved out of their enclosure, which then becomes the capybara mud spa. They even know where the water comes from, and go and sit by the fawcett waiting for the fun to begin.   They love dancing, prancing and playing in the spray of water, and look indignantly at Chris when the water is turned off.   Don’t underestimate the intelligence of a capybara.

Collett hunting for a Gopher!

Scrappy and Collett are having just so much fun, in this video, playing in the hosepipe shower, running around, twirling, jumping and popcorning. Collett does a frisky little dance of joy as the spray of water starts.  There is just room  for them both in the small tub until Scrappy gets amorous! When Marc and Chris burst out laughing, Collett looks at them sternly as if to say “What’s so funny?”. I could watch these two for hours

video   http://youtu.be/iiVqteMQU9g

Other animals you will see include:

Rudi the Patagonian Cavy who thinks he is a capybara and has a crush on capybara Collett.

Maisie, the Polish chicken with her mop of white feathers, on her head, who looks quite unlike any other chicken you have ever seen.

Becky checking out the temporary pool while Chris does does repairs on the big one.
Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Becky the emu, who also thinks she is a capybara! She loves to play in the pool with Scrappy and Collett, the two adorable capybaras.

The Agoutis are Nibbles and Nugget:

You can find out more about agoutis at this link: http://www.sch.im/wlp/pages/agouti%201.htm

Other animals you will encounter include a miniature horse, 2 Zebus, Sulcata Tortoises,  2 Bettongs (a marsupial, native of Australia), 38 guinea pigs, bunny rabbits, hamsters,  red-rumped agoutis from Brazil, goats, chickens, guinea fowl and more.

Zebus, sometimes known as humped cattle or Brahmin cattle, are a type of domestic cattle originating in South Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent. They are characterised by a fatty hump on their shoulders, drooping ears and a large dewlap. Wikipedia

JoJo & Sheila, (the Bettongs from Australia), have a new baby joey, who made his first appearance out of pouch a week before this photo was taken. Chris wrote: “.”He is a cute little snuggler, he crawled into my shirt and fell asleep. Look at his hind legs, still not sure how he folded those up in mommas pouch.”
Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Alpacas having fun. Photo by Chris Pietilainen

Bunnies! Left to Right Dotti, Taupe, Onyx, Pewter and Dash. Photo by Chris Pietilainen

For more about Scrappy and Collett and their New Babies born on 9th of April 2013, see my blog:

http://capybaraworld.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/scrappy-and-collett-capybaras-in-love-baby-capybaras/

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5 thoughts on “Arizona Down Under Exotic Petting Zoo; a good place to see and pet some of nature’s friendly and exotic animals

  1. Great trip through the zoo :) I love that T-Bex enjoys capy time in the pond :) They are a wonderful group of animals, and I feel as if I know them from all of Chris’s photos. I hope to get out there to meet them all, someday :)

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