Baby animals delight at Mattara

THERE’S a mouse in there and a bedroom as well.
Nanjing Night Net

In fact the whole ‘‘Stuart Little’’ family have moved into the loaf of bread that greets children entering the Baby Animal World at the Mattara festival in Newcastle.

The tiniest of creatures were causing the most amazement on Mondayat the exhibit, which has returned to the festival for its fifth year.

All Animals principal Rhonda Hall said she creates two small windows or indents in the bread and the mice do the rest.

‘‘The mice build two levels out of the bread and a ramp to get between,’’ she said.

Ms Hall said the mice will live happily in their bread house for a couple of weeks before she changes the loaf.

The carer’s Arcadia home in Sydney resemble’s Noah’s ark and she has brought several rescued baby animals to the Camp Shortland site on Newcastle’s foreshore this year.

There’s baby goats (or kids), piglets, ducklings, lambs and guinea pig pups.

Two-year-old Jeydah Rizzoli couldn’t wait to climb the fence to join the animals.

The Waratah youngster has a snake, two lizards, a dog and a bird at home.

‘‘She loves animals and gets on really well with them,’’ Jeydah’s mother Angie said.

The 52nd Mattara festival will run until Monday October 7 and is expected to attract between 10,000 and 15,000 people.

Organiser Kim Hillery said this year’s festival would focus on families and will include a Lego display, indoor cinema and daily karate lessons.

With a budget of $60,000 and no council funding, she said the festival was being run on the generosity of volunteers, local businesses and fund-raising.

A highlight this year will be the Mattara MotoMania day on Sunday October 6.

The day is dedicated to all forms of the motor industry and will feature motocross displays and Ziggy’s Hot Rods.

Mice in a high-top loaf of bread at the Baby Animal World display at the Mattara Festival, Newcastle Foreshore, on Monday. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

Jeydah Rizzoli, aged 2 and a half, with a duckling at the Baby Animal World display at the Mattara Festival, Newcastle Foreshore, on Monday. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

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