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From micro pig walks to tea with naughty sheep: the best Airbnb animal experiences in the UK

Ethical experiences for animal lovers

C. 'silver-tooth' Sharpe
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C. 'silver-tooth' Sharpe
21/11/2021
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Mateys, we absolutely adore animals - which is why we're always on the lookout for cool ways to responsibly interact with our furry friends.

There are heaps of incredible animal experiences on Airbnb, all following guidelines created with World Animal Protection. Whether you're 9 or 99 these animal encounters are sure to touch a soft spot.

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Tea with naughty sheep in Loch Lomond, Scotland

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These sheep are seriously naughty! Sit down for a traditional tea looking out onto the Scottish countryside, of course joined by plenty of Hardwick sheep. Cuddles and petting are actively encouraged and depending on the time of the year you might also get to feed a newborn lamb a bottle of milk.

Snuggle special-needs sanctuary dogs in Aberfoyle, Scotland

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Wags, woofs and tail-wagging abound at this dog sanctuary. Ideal for lovers of dogs, you'll meet all shapes and sizes from doodledors to chihuahuas! There are 22 special needs dogs who love human affection, and can't wait to meet you.

Walk a micro pig in Faversham, England

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Huckleberry Woods creates amazing micro animal adventures, and this micro pig walk through an ancient Kentish orchard looks incredible. You'll be paired up with a piggy and casually stroll along, stroking and taking pics of the pigs as you go. At the end of the walk, you'll take the piggies back to their house for a rest and a hand wash.

Miniature donkey walk and picnic in Powys, Wales

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Join two miniature Mediterranean donkeys for an amble about the Welsh countryside and a woodland picnic. This is a private experience, so you'll get the donkeys to yourself. You'll walk 30 minutes to a scenic picnic spot looking toward the Pen y Fan and the Central Beacons mountainscape - not that you'd be paying the view any mind though!

Afternoon tea with the Alpacas in Southampton, England

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At an outside picnic table, or a warm indoor cabin in thew winter, you'll meet the friendly Alpacas for a proper British afternoon tea. While you're munching on cake and tea you'll learn plenty about Alpacas and even give them a feed as well.

Groom and walk miniature ponies in Sevenoaks, England

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Animal Welfare expert and host Anna lives outside Sevenoaks with a number of rescued animals including Star the pony, who you'll be able to enjoy a walk with across country lanes and fields. When you're back, you can give the ponies a good brush and enjoy some cake while looking out into the beautiful scenery.

Pop on a bee suit for this beekeeping experience in Essex, England

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We've always wanted to experience beekeeping, if not for a chance to wear the bee suit alone. You'll be hosted by James, an award-winning beekeeper who's even been on TV for his craft. during your experience you'll learn all the aspects of beekeeping before getting suited up in a bee suit and meet a colony of bees and see the queen bee herself (no, not Beyoncé). You'll even get a jar of honey after your experience - BEErilliant.

A spooky bat walk after dark in London, England

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We are definitely brave enough to go on this experience, definitely. Guided by Sean, vet, biologist and conservationist, you'll explore London's wild spaces after dark, learn all about the myths and misconceptions of bats and use electronic bat detectors to listen to their ultrasonic echolocation calls.

Walk, feed and pet goats in Southampton, England

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On a smallholding in south Hampshire, this goat experience is truly unique. There are two different breeds of goats floppy-eared Nubians and scrappy English. you'll each take a goat for a walkie, watching them forage for food out in the pasture. You'll also get a complimentary tea or coffee back at the barn cafe.

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