Dale Price certainly knows about life on the farm – though it’s far from typical.
Her pigs and chickens are rare breeds for a start – and Dale is currently breeding wallabies and emus.
They may seem like a long way from their origins down under, but the wallabies and emus were born in this country and are experiencing weather conditions not too dissimilar to Australia’s winter.
Dale, 18, said: “They are good at looking after themselves, and we provide a lot of shelter.” Dale is an animal management and science student in York, and helps look after the exotic animals at home at The Old Hall in Winmarleigh where they have free reign of the family’s 47 acres.
But the wallabies hit the headlines recently when two managed to escape during last month’s high winds, sparking a police hunt for the ‘Winmarleigh Wallaby.’
One of the animals was returned this week, but Dale says another is still missing.
“We were about to get female wallabies when this happened, so we’ll leave it for a while,” Dale said.
“It’s good fun having all the animals. They are family animals, but I’m the one who’s done all the research into getting them and I look after them.”
Dale said the wallabies were timid animals, who would shy away from human contact.
“They’re not aggressive animals at all,” she added.
“They tend to fend for themselves, and the one returned to us this week came back in really good condition.”
If anyone sees the remaining missing wallaby, they are advised to call the police.