Miccosukee Family Starts Traveling Petting Zoo

Redemptive Love Farm and Petting Zoo
Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 05:38:09-04

MICCOSUKEE, FL (WTXL) -- The WTXL Road Trip in Leon County heads to Miccosukee, where a Tallahassee family moved to start their own business this year -- a traveling petting zoo!

There's a natural soundtrack at Redemptive Love Farm and Petting Zoo -- like Old McDonald's song coming to life.

It's a new scene for the Carroll family. Shannon and Brian lived in Tallahassee's Southwood neighborhood but wanted to invest more time with their seven adopted children. So, they left the city and headed to Miccosukee.

"It's taken a lot, but we love it," said Shannon Carroll. "We have just fallen in love with country and farming -- and we're farmers now!"

The family cares for about 150 animals -- ducks, chickens, cows, goats, you name it.

While the farm is based in Miccosukee, they use an SUV to travel to surrounding counties with their petting zoo.

"We'll bring out like four poultry, two bunnies, a goat and a pig," Shannon said. "You know, things like that -- maybe a pony."

The petting zoo requires some extra helping hands, so, the Carroll kids get to work.

"I think that many hands make light work," said Maribel, 14, "and that as all of us as a team together, we get to bond as a family."

"We just tell people how to hold the animals and love on the animals and be gentle and be quiet around them," said Risa, 9.

"We show them how to ride the horsies, and we walk the horsies, so that they can ride them," said Maggie, 4.

"We just like to share the love of our animals with others," Shannon said. "God gave us this farming venture, and we figured it was given to us. We might as well start giving it to others."

*Next, the WTXL Road Trip in Leon County wraps up with a look at Tallahassee's Railroad Square, where businesses are adding to its artsy charm.