Animals that are up for sale as Shropshire attraction closes down

A Shropshire farm and tourist attraction which announced its sudden closure this week has vowed that "new homes will be found for all animals" as the beloved creatures are put up for sale.

The keepers at Rays Farm in Billingsley, near Bridgnorth hope that other farms and zoos will buy the animals to give them a loving new home.

The animals still up for sale include one llama, 18 owls, 23 budgies, and eight sheep, as well as pigs, goats, turkeys, geese, and ducks.

After announcing the farm's closure on Tuesday, the farm issued the following update on Thursday regarding their animals: "Thank you to everyone who has been in touch regarding the closure of Rays Farm.

"We have had many enquiries regarding our animals and birds. We would like to reassure everyone that new homes will be found for all of them. This will take time and care.

"Thank you to all who have reminded us of their fond memories created during their visits. Best wishes to all."

Rays Farm's reindeer have already been bought by Arscott Farm in Shrewsbury to join their existing herd.

It is not known why the farm has closed, but the Bridgnorth attraction made the following announcement on Tuesday: "It is with regret we have to inform all our visitors, past and present, that Rays Farm Country Matters will not be opening again in 2023.

"Due to several reasons outside of our control, the decision has been made to close the business. We thank everyone for their support."

The family-run farm, which is bordered by ancient woodlands, has been welcoming visitors for 32 years, and was established in 1990 by husband and wife team, Frank and Rose Cartwright.