Not only do we have the fantastic Pittsburgh Zoo here in the ‘Burgh, we have two charming little animal parks just a short drive from the city at Living Treasures Animal Parks. And not only can you see the animals at Living Treasures, you can PAT AND FEED most of them too!!! (Yes, including reindeer!!)
We have been to the northern location in Moraine before, but we had never traveled south to the Donegal location. This year, we decided to do just that, in the hopes that we could pat their miniature cow.
We were *kind of* successful.
Then there are animals like the baby bears, which are for looking and also feeding. The bears have tubes that you can pour treats into. They are really good at working your sympathies so you spend all of your food on them.
In addition to animals you can pat, there are some animals you can hold. This is a small tortoise, and I got to hold him LIKE A CHEESEBURGER. (That is literally how they told me to hold him. Amazing.)
And of course, the cows.
In his defense, we visited Living Treasures the morning before a huge storm, which meant it was the most humid day of the summer, so I can understand why he didn’t want to come out and visit us in the sun. But I thought maybe I could coerce him over for some pats if I held out some treats.
Living Treasures is a blast. The animals all appeared to be happy and well cared-for. Even in the blistering heat they were friendly and sociable. We really loved spending a few hours feeding, patting, and visiting with the animals.
The season for Living Treasures will be ending in November for both locations, but they run a special event in the fall. In October, they are open from 7-11pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. You can check out the animals in the evening hours when they’re likely to be more active without the hot sun overhead. Check them out at either location (and see if you can get little Pancake to come over for some pats if you visit Donegal).