Happy Rolph’s welcomes newborn donkey, goats

Texas, a donkey at Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm, gave birth to Astrid on Monday, July 8. A pair of goats were also born at the park on Saturday, July 6. City of St. Catharines photo

City of St. Catharines press release – There are some new bundles of joy trotting around Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm this week.

Texas gave birth to Astrid, a female baby donkey, in the early hours of Monday, July 8/2019, at the City’s animal farm. She joins a pair of baby goats who were born at the park on Saturday, July 6.

The babies are all doing well and feeding regularly, and park attendants continue to ensure they are being well cared for.

“Our visitors are always happy seeing the animals, but having some newborns at the park always makes the experience a little extra special,” said John Bellehumeur, the City’s manager of parks, cemeteries, forestry, and horticulture. “We’re already seeing some excitement from our guests who have joined us since their births.”

Astrid’s arrival was a surprise for staff on Monday morning. Attendants arrived and found the baby donkey when they tended to the donkeys. There were no issues with her birth and a veterinarian is scheduled to check on the baby donkey this week.

The park attendants are expecting some more excitement this summer.

Another donkey, Nutmeg, is pregnant and a baby is expected to arrive over the next couple of weeks.

The animals at Happy Rolph’s can be viewed daily, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., until mid-October at the park, located at 650 Read Rd. (at the corner of Read Road and Northrup Crescent) in St. Catharines. The park itself – which also features a playground, picnic area, and pavilion, two ponds home to a variety of waterfowl, a passive area and trails that overlook Lake Ontario – is open from dawn to dusk