ALL kinds of creatures great and small - at least those that belong on a rural farm - have found a new home on the outskirts of Tamworth.
Tamworth and Kootingal Horse Riding Adventures has opened a "petting pen" as part of a business extension planned to attract tourists from far and wide.
Co-owner of the company Christine Ogilvie said all the animals in the petting pen have all been brought in from local farms across the region.
"It's something a bit outdoors-y for the kids to do," she said.
"We want to add more seating areas and a barbecue areas so families can come out and pack a barbecue lunch and just enjoy a day out."
Guinea pigs, chickens and rabbits, goats, pigs, sheep, miniature ponies - and a miniature foal - are on hand at the petting pen.
"We've had visitors out here already and everyone has loved it, so we've been really happy with what we've seen," Ms Ogilvie said.
"I think there is a call for more tourism attractions for out here in the Tamworth area."
Tamworth and Kootingal Horse Riding Adventures has had to put new staff on, with more people taking to the saddle for trail rides and the opening of the petting pen last weekend.
"That's been really good, being able to employ local kids to come out and give them a chance," she said.
"It does get hectic at times, by the time you buy the feed and the shavings and everything ... but we absolutely love it."
More information about the petting pen can be found on the business's Facebook page.