Cute Overload! Baby Animals Straight from the (Local) Farm

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Who needs unicorns when you’ve got lambs as majestic as this? A St. Croix ewe lamb ponders life in deep meditation at the SVF Foundation in Newport.

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but 10 percent of it is covered by farmland. That equates to more than 1,000 farms covering upward of 67,000 acres. And although the trees and flowers may be off to a slow start, this spring has delivered no shortage of tiny animals. We know you love your local produce, eggs, and meat; now, you can get your cute baby animal fix locally, too. The adorable newborns pictured below are from Aquidneck Farms, the SVF Foundation, The Reynolds Barn, Baffoni’s Poultry Farm, Sakonnet Farm, and Windmist Farm. Take a look, then cue the squealing.

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1. If these baby goats don’t make you smile, I’m unsure anything will.

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Goats cheesin’ at Sakonnet Farm in Tiverton.

2. Remember the movie Babe? This is way better.

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A gilt and three barrows walk into a barn – at the SVF Foundation in Newport.

3. Butch Cassidy and the Sun Goat Kid.

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An Arapawa goat kid at the SVF Foundation strays from Mom to bask in the sun.

4. Mooooo!

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SVF Foundation’s Ancient White Park calves may be from the U.K., but they moo with America accents.

5. Really nice calves.

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A Milking Shorthorn plays mama to an endangered Canadienne bull calf at SVF, a match made in farm heaven.

6. Wee, wee, wee.

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Pasture-raised piglets sniff around at Windmist Farm in Jamestown.

7. Yes, these goats are wearing sweaters.

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At the Reynolds Barn in North Kingstown, baby goats take snuggling to a whole new level of cuteness.

8. These week-old baby chicks have huge feet, and loved trying to eat mine.

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Someone’s ready for her close up.

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“Mom, where’s lunch?” Baffoni’s Farm feeds their chickens an antibiotic-free vegetarian diet – no carnivores here, but definitely a few pensive chicks.

9. Three Billy Goats Gruff.

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Small, medium, or large? Aquidneck Farms has enough room for all shapes and sizes on their 400 acres. For some reason, I found these goats really intimidating.

10. Insert pizza emoji here.

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Yum, silage!

Just can’t get enough of the cute? Then save the date because on June 11 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., the SVF Foundation celebrates their Annual Visitors Day, the only day that the farm is open to the public. It’s a rare opportunity for a sneak peek into their high-tech facilities for heritage breeds. Who wouldn’t want to meet these furry faces?

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Jillian Tullgren is a native of upstate New York, happily transplanted to Newport, RI. A natural born explorer, she enjoys green juice and a daily dose of yoga and is motivated by the idea of endless possibilities and inspired by everything and anything. You can find her at the beach sipping Yerba Mate and planning her next adventure. Follow her on Instagram @gypseachild.

    1 Comment

    • Reply June 28, 2016

      j.r. junior jr III

      i really like to tickle feet

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