Here is what I learned from experience.
It sounds like so much fun to pay the extra $1.00 for a
Jolly Time ice cream cone filled with savory treats for
the animals at the petting zoo, but
those animals are onto us! They know that
cone in hand = YUMMY FOOD
It is, in fact, a really bad idea. Had we stuck around
outside for a bit and watched others, we could have
learned from THEIR experience. Alas, we were too
excited to pet the miniature donkeys and deer.
Here is how it goes: Animals are all tame and friendly
and happy to allow you to pet them. Animals see a person
(in this case, me) enter with a cone full of feed, and they
are SUPER FRIENDLY AND HAPPY TO EAT YOUR SHIRT.
And they get awfully aggressive with those unsuspecting
cone bearers. I kept expecting to be butted by the goats
and kicked by the deer. Instead, they just tried to eat
our clothes and got pushy with their noses.
We had a good time once we emptied the goods onto the ground
and handed over the cone.
Vanished treats and no cone in hand = docile petting zoo animals.
Next time, skip the treats and just watch those other unsuspecting
folks have to learn the hard way.