Farm bids farewell to Victor

Cannon Hall Farm is bidding a fond farewell to its oldest animal who was so loved he had a play area named after him.

Monday, 25th February 2019, 10:11 am
Updated Monday, 25th February 2019, 10:14 am
Cannon Hall Farm bids farewell to Victor

Victor’s declining health in his old age meant the farm had to make the heart-breaking decision to have him put to sleep earlier this week.

Victor the Llama was a firm favourite with visitors at Cannon Hall Farm and was one of the first animals that joined the farm when it opened up to the public in 1989.

Although his exact age was not known, he had lived at the farm for well over 20 years and had seen it transform from a small family business to one of Yorkshire’s favourite visitor attractions. 

In 2014, when the farm opened up a brand new soft play area and restaurant, they called it The Hungry Llama in honour of Victor as one of Farmer Richard Nicholson’s favourite photos he ever took was of Victor chewing a piece of straw. To this day that image is set as the profile picture on the farm’s Facebook page .

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Farmer Robert Nicholson - whose family run the farm - said: “He was always a lovely fella - he wasn’t quite strong enough to be the alpha of a pack but he always wanted something to care for. He ended up making the pygmy goats his own and he spent many happy years living with those and babysitting for the new mums. 

“We are incredibly sad to see him go because he was so loved - many visitors over the years will have memories of Victor because of his really distinctive face. It is a real shame but it was the right thing to do for him.

“We are sorry about it but he did have many many happy years with us. It just goes to show the circle of life on the farm - we lost Victor on the same day our first twin lambs of the season were born.”

In honour of Victor people have been uploading their favourite pictures and memories of Victor to the farm’s Facebook page.

The farm is currently in the middle of its half-term Lambing Festival where scores of new arrivals are being born each day.???????