Back of pony Bella damaged by climber petting zoo in Middelburg

The climber is recognizable on images from the security camera. The petting zoo has filed a report with the police. The young woman first tried to open the gate on the outside, when that failed, she climbed over it.

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“Bella already had back problems,” says Eefje Castel van de Klepperhoeve. “The girl who rode on it is much too big. Yesterday while brushing, we noticed that Bella was in even more pain than usual. We saw from images that the girl is familiar with horses. But she almost landed with her feet on the ground she was that big. And Bella is a little pony.”

The action was discovered when employees of the petting zoo saw the ponies in the front yard. “She hadn’t done the slide on the stable.” The images show that the young woman tried to take Bella with her. “She had the right halter. I think she really cared about Bella. She tried to get through the gate with her. She’s been on the farm for over half an hour.”


“We are really angry about this. We have never really had anything and it has happened in the last year. At the end of last year goats and sheep were released, but we have never experienced anything like this before. It is just scary. touches you greatly when they touch your animals.”

Bella is an older Shetland pony. Because she has back problems, she is no longer ridden. “She does come along when we do a round with the other pony. And she loves being brushed by children.”