Centre of attention for feathered friend fans at Leeds White Rose

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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YOUNG visitors to the White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds had their hands full yesterday as it played host to a petting zoo.

Cute animals including chicks, ducklings and bunnies took up temporary residence in the mall’s central atrium for the fun springtime event.

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Children were also able to demonstrate their eagle-eyed tracking skills by entering a mini-scavenger hunt, with an array of sweet prizes on offer.

And there was a welcome boost for a good cause as well – although the event was free, families were encouraged to show their appreciation by making donations to Mencap, the centre’s national charity partner. Francesca Simpson, marketing manager at the White Rose, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We were really excited to bring a splash of spring to the centre.

“It was a real treat for our young shoppers to get up close to the animals during their visit.

“We have previously had donkeys and reindeer visit the centre, which went down a storm with our customers, so we’ve been looking forward to welcoming shoppers to enjoy meeting some new animals.”

Youngsters who took the chance to acquaint themselves with some of the cute and colourful characters at the White Rose petting zoo included eight-year-old Jess Boyd and six-year-old Leila Birkin.