FORT WORTH -- Three tiny lambs tumble over one another, playing in their mother's shadow.
The Barbados ewe from Glen Rose is a little anxious but doesn't protest when someone gets close enough to touch her babies.
"She's a good mother," said Garry Darby, superintendent of the FFA Children's Barnyard at the Fort Worth Stock Show, which began Friday.
The triplets were born Tuesday, the day they arrived at the Stock Show.
Located in the Sheep Barn, the barnyard is one of six educational exhibits at the show and is open from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily through Feb. 4.
Dozens of small animals in the exhibit are intended for young guests.
"We always have little ones," Darby said. "That's the whole idea of this place. It's to let the kids see babies."
In the enclosure next to the triplets are brown ducklings beyond number. They flop down a water slide into a warm pool.
Across the aisle, a smaller contingent of bright yellow leghorn chicks takes turns riding a miniature Ferris wheel.
Nearby are Chocolate and Lightning, a pair of kids named by Darby's partner at the barnyard, Charles Riley.
Darby said the Boer goat mom didn't want to take care of the kids when they were born Monday, so Gary Rosenbush, a Glen Rose agriculture teacher who coordinates such things, arranged for them to become part of the barnyard's stock.
Riley and Darby have to bottle-feed the kids, but they don't mind.
"Gary rounds the animals up, and we do whatever he says," Darby said.
While most of the animals -- from the piglets in the center of the room to the rabbits and roosters in the hall -- are new each year, Rosenbush has brought the same giant Narragansett turkey for as long as Darby can remember.
Darby and Riley work at the barnyard from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. But beginning Sunday, the retired Fort Worth police officers will get help from a rotating army of area FFA students.