B.C. petting zoo gets government’s goat for tweeting that Prince George and Princess Charlotte visited

VICTORIA — A Victoria petting zoo got its wrist slapped Wednesday for George and stopped in to pet the animals while were around B.C. and Yukon.

The Beacon Hill ’s Farm and Tourism Victoria both tweeted Tuesday that the two royal had visited the petting zoo, where they apparently did what most commoners and their in the capital city love to do: pet the friendly baby goats.

But the tweets were deleted soon afterwards, when the B.C. asked for the posts to be scrubbed.

“We want to respect their privacy and their security and that means not broadcasting where they might be,” said Jim Zeeban, Tourism Victoria’s manager of corporate communications.

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Canadian Press/Getty ImagesThe of Cambridge holds Charlotte as the arrives in Victoria Saturday, while George (right) holds dad William’s hand.

The children’s farm ducked calls — after at first trying to promote the royal visit via social media.

“We are not answering any questions or giving any comments,” said a volunteer who answered the phone. “Please respect that.”

Heritage , which is co-ordinating the royal tour, did not respond to a request for comment.

Prince George, 3, and Princess Charlotte, 1, are ideal ages to visit what is one of the most popular destinations in Victoria.

The children’s farm at Beacon Hill Park features birds, pigs, peacocks, turkeys, ducks and miniature horses. But its most popular attraction is the opportunity to pet goats. Sometimes, the goats jump up to sit on people’s laps or the babies from their parents inside the public pen. Twice a day, the goats “stampede” to and from their housing to the public pen.

The royal children are under heavy security while staying at Government House in Victoria. They are reportedly travelling with a nanny, who takes care of them while their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are fulfilling royal tour engagements.

The prince and princess were to have even more excitement Thursday, when a children’s party is hosted in their honour at Government House with families from the Military Family Resource Centre, entertainers and animals from the local 4-H club.

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