A RARE breed of Angora goat has been born on an unusual Staffordshire Moorlands farm. 'Hope' has arrived at Oakleys Farm, Kingsley Moor, from where Chloe Whilock-Harvey, 28, and her brother, Oakley Whilock, 23, run The Animal Company. The business hires out a wide range of animals for TV productions - including advertisements - and also introduces children to domestic and exotic mammals. The farm stock includes reindeers, donkeys, alpacas, ducks, guinea pigs, meerkats, camels, chickens and rabbits- and now, of course, a rare goat Chloe said: “Hope is a rare breed Angora goat. They have curly thick wool that needs shearing every year. "We ran a competition on Facebook, where we asked children to name the goat, and the winner is going to get a virtual VIP visit to the farm on Facetime and can ask all the questions. they want. “We chose the name Hope because we thought it was very fitting with what’s going on at the minute [coronavirus]". The coronavirus outbreak has had a hard-hitting effect on the Animal Company business. Chloe added: “All of our event hires and summer fayres have been cancelled with the pandemic, including the camels and mobile petting farm. “Countryfile [BBC TV] were supposed to be coming out and filming us but have postponed". Oakley Whilock and Chloe took on ‘The Animal Company,’ in January. The business has served the likes of supermarket giant Tesco, film production company Disney and ITV soap Coronation Street over its 12 years of existence.
New arrival Hope. Photo courtesy of Times & Echo Newspapers.