Furious father blows up animal park after baby falls into ‘giant pile of sheep poo’

A furious dad has slammed an animal park after his toddler fell into a ‘giant pile of wet, sloppy sheep poo’.

The furious parent blasted Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) on TripAdvisor and claims her two-year-old son could have been ‘traumatized’.

His scathing review of the Wakefield tourist attraction was published on June 11, Yorkshire Live reports.

He said: “I have always admired this place for the beautiful scenery and creative art although the price has gone up due to Covid.

“The cafe (an open window) had no child-friendly food and the staff seemed more concerned with standing in the back and talking to each other than doing their jobs.



The Sheep at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP)

“I found it extremely rude and disrespectful considering we had actually paid to be there.

“The worst thing is that my two-year-old fell into a giant pile of wet, sloppy sheep poop, causing him to not only be covered in it, but also risk being sick and traumatized. He was extremely upset not to mention the fact that we have now ruined clothes.

“I’ve seen a lot of staff driving around in vehicles with nothing else inside so I politely suggest you use your staff to clean up after the animals and at least form a proper designated path for all, including especially strollers and young children.

“I will not return and will request an official refund for this occasion. I hope you will accept the review to make the place more suitable for everyone.”

In other one-star reviews left on the website this month, some people complained about the increased fees, which went into effect last year.



Child fell into sheep poo at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Previously, if you entered the park on foot, entry was free, with the fee only applying to those who needed to park.

However, all visitors now have to pay £6 each.

One reviewer wrote: “Disgusted to find we had to pay £12 on foot to walk the dog. It’s an open space so no need to charge to collect track and trace details.

“A total farce and disappointment, to say the least.”

Another wrote: “Before it was free to walk around. Now it’s £6 for a ticket!

“We went for a walk and always enjoyed the open space, but today we were turned away as they were (apparently full) despite the nearly empty parking lot and masses of open space!

“It was another case of Covid rules! How is it different from all the other parks where you don’t have to book or pay to walk around?

“Another scheme to make money!” »

In response to complaints about increased entry fees, YSP reminded paying customers that it is a charity and needs to “generate funds to survive”.

He told critics: ‘We’ve lost £4 out of £5 since March and need the support more than ever to get us back on track and ensure our survival.

YSP has also responded to the parent whose child fell into sheep poop.

They apologized for the “bad experience” and said they would address allegedly poor customer service with his team.

A YSP spokesperson also said sheep can produce droppings and it is possible to walk around the park avoiding the animals.

The post on TripAdvisor said: “YSP is home to many different types of animals including sheep, cattle and geese which may produce droppings in the park.

“Sheep are restricted to the national park area, leaving much of the park without cattle – including the Gardens, Hillside, Driveside, Lower Park and Upper Lake.

“Unfortunately, we cannot limit the movements of the flocks of wild geese, but they tend to congregate around Lower Lake.

“At the information desk there are team members to help with free maps, route advice to avoid sheep in the national park.



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“We also have gallery team members throughout the site to help visitors navigate and advise on access and ground conditions.”

Yorkshire Live has contacted YSP for further comment.

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