The Daily Treat: Prince William & Duchess Kate Tap into Their Animal Instincts

Prince William, Kate Middleton Meeting Animals in New Zealand and Australia
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge feeds Fred the ram at the Royal Easter Show
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updated 04/18/2014 at 06:30 PM EDT

originally published 04/18/2014 02:35PM

Their dog Lupo may be thousands of miles away at home, but Prince William and Kate Middleton have been far from starved for animal encounters.

The royal couple's tour of New Zealand and Australia has been filled with frequent furry meet-and-greets in the form of puppies, sheep and a wombat.

At the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on hand for a sheep shearing display where a ram named Fred made them smile by welcoming them with a gentlemanly bow. The royals fed Fred some yummy apples (above), and the press ate up Kate's playful joke: she suggested that her handsome husband cover his bald spot with a wig made of alpaca wool.



Earlier in the week, a rainy day turned into a dog day afternoon for the canine-loving duo, who were all smiles as they cuddled two cuties – German shepherd police dog pups – during a visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington.

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The royals hold police dog pups in Wellington, New Zealand

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Little Prince George even joined in on the animal action when he received a stuffed wombat, a marsupial native to Australia, from his family's Aussie hosts, Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, on Wednesday. The parting gift was an especially fitting choice for the 8-month-old given that his father was nicknamed "wombat" by Princess Diana as a child.

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G'Day mate! Prince George receives a stuffed wombat from his family's Australian hosts

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With about a week left before the royals return to England, it remains to be seen what other furry friends they'll make along the way – but we'll be watching!



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