Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Letter of the Week!

Coinciding with Valentines day 2010 you may remember that we placed a ‘Lonely Hearts’ advert - looking for a mate for our Pygmy goat Basil.  We placed an advert in the County Press.  This brought in enquiries from all over the UK …. including coverage in the national press.  Basil ended up with a lovely friend called Olly who we identified on the Island and has been a wonderful friend to Bas ever since! 

basilAdvert appearing in local northern newspaper 7/2/10– reprinted on Dippy Seaview’s public ‘fan’ page earlier this week (courtesy of Vera Sausage-Brookes):


KEEPERS at a wildlife park have taken out a Valentine’s lonely hearts advert to find a mate for a GOAT.  The notice, placed in the local newspaper reads:

Short, dark and handsome.  A real hairy looker”.  It goes on to say that Basil the goat, who lives at Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight: “Would like to meet caring, curvaceous goat with GSOH and who enjoys lots of kidding around, eating out and moonlit strolls.”

24 hr hotline number 01983 612261.Basil & Olly 6 Oct (resized)

In light of this, Dippy received a letter on his Facebook fan page this week from Vera Sausage-Brookes:

“Dear Dippy ...
Last year, we visited Seaview just because I had seen the Lonely Hearts advert which was placed in the paper on Valentines Day for a mate for Basil.
Since then, I applied for the TV show, Deal Or No Deal, and was lucky enough to appear. My first appearance is Tuesday 8th March 2011 and I did 23 shows. A photo of Basil appears on loads of the shows and he gets talked about nearly every day. Also, I mentioned you Dippy but sadly had no photograph of you with me to appear on the show.
Just letting you know in case you would have tuned in. The show is on Channel 4 at 3.55 p.m. and then on Channel 4+1 at 4.55 p.m. and on More 4 the next day at 1.30 p.m. It can also be watched for 30 days on the internet at 4OD:"

Thank you Vera for your enthusiasm and support – we all appreciate it very much and look forward to welcoming you to the Park this summer!

With our warmest wishes and thanks,

The Animal Care Team at Seaview Wildlife Encounter.

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