Mother and two daughters who share their home with a small ‘zoo’

Meet the real-life Dr Dolittles who keep a small zoo of 46 pets including guinea pigs, dogs, horses and budgies.

Animal-lover and pharmacist Bella Wyllie, 41, from Mauchline, East Ayrshire, encouraged her young daughters Poppy, aged seven, and Holly, 12, to take responsibility for the 'small zoo' they keep at home.

The menagerie includes an astonishing 24 rabbits -with the most recent acquisitions, Sylvester and Spud, arriving just before Christmas.

Seven-year-old Poppy Wyllie looks after 46 pets with her family in Mauchline, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Seven-year-old Poppy Wyllie looks after 46 pets with her family in Mauchline, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Mother Bella Wyllie, 41, encouraged her young daughters Poppy (pictured), and Holly, 12, to take responsibility for their 'small zoo' at home 

Mother Bella Wyllie, 41, encouraged her young daughters Poppy (pictured), and Holly, 12, to take responsibility for their 'small zoo' at home 

Inside their home the family also have 11 guinea pigs, five horses, three budgies, two dogs and a gecko

Inside their home the family also have 11 guinea pigs, five horses, three budgies, two dogs and a gecko

The home also has 11 guinea pigs, five horses, three budgies, two dogs and a gecko.

Ms Wyllie: 'I was verging on embarrassment at how many we've got, but we're in pet shops a lot and I'm a huge animal lover so I encourage it.

'Horses are definitely the most expensive.

'We are up at the yard first thing to exercise them before anything else.

'We have to plan trips or holidays very carefully around the animals needs and days out revolve around the horses, they have to be dealt if we have any weekend plans - which is rare.

'The animals are a huge amount of work, especially as I work too, but they are all worth it.

'As for my hubby, he thinks we are all crazy.' 

When Poppy heard about a pet rabbit which was cruelly kept in a drawer she became inspired to make a hand-drawn poster urging owners to take proper care of their pets

When Poppy heard about a pet rabbit which was cruelly kept in a drawer she became inspired to make a hand-drawn poster urging owners to take proper care of their pets

Mother Bella Wyllie admitted that the horses were definitely the most expensive to look after Pictured: Poppy Wyllie with her horse in Mauchline, East Ayrshire

Mother Bella Wyllie admitted that the horses were definitely the most expensive to look after Pictured: Poppy Wyllie with her horse in Mauchline, East Ayrshire

Poppy, seven, said: 'I love looking after them because every night I know my animals are all cared for. I love them all very much'

Poppy, seven, said: 'I love looking after them because every night I know my animals are all cared for. I love them all very much'

Poppy and her sister wake up every morning to tend to the bunnies and guinea pigs at her home

Poppy and her sister wake up every morning to tend to the bunnies and guinea

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