March 2, 2014
University of Virginia students got to take a break from studying with some barnyard animals.
A petting zoo was on UVa grounds for the second year in a row on Wednesday afternoon.
Virginia-based Teeny Tiny Farm brought a variety of animals including a miniature horse, donkey, llama, and cow, as well as goats, piglets, bunnies and ducklings.
The student group the University Programs Council hosted the event.
Thomas Pilnik, chair of Special Events for UPC, says that this is a busy time of year for students and visiting the animals provides a good break.
"It's like the height of midterm and paper season, so a bunch of different kids come out and just enjoy the community, and enjoy the little baby animals and little baby ducks," said Pilnik.
The free event was open to the whole community. UPC says more than a thousand people came out.