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NEWS - April 2012

Derek-Victor

Victor and Derek Make Full Recovery Following Dog Attack

Some week back the rams, who have their own field which has a public footpath running through it and is used by local people walking their dogs, were subject to an attack by out of control dogs. Fortunately only two were physically attacked but an incident like this can cause sheep to go into shock and they can die as a result of that. Happily none of ours did. Poor Derek had been attacked round his neck losing a considerable amount of fleece and had bites through his flesh. After an intensive course of antibiotics, multi vitamins and treats he has made a full recovery, also regained his confidence and has re-joined the flock. Victor was found with a horn hanging off, we think he was probably chased into the gate, but this was easily removed by the vet and he too is now back with the flock. The Community Police took the situation in hand and we send them our very grateful thanks.

tabitha

A Sad Goodbye To Tabitha

One of our original eight feral cats that we were asked to take when the Sanctuary moved to Manor Orchard Farm and who were three to four years old at the time. So this old lady must have been at least seventeen. She never gave up being a feral but would sit and watch us all as long as no-one attempted to touch her. Keeping a vigil for all those years in the feed shed guarding the sacks of feed from mice and rats and making full use of the cosy beds, treats and cat food left out for her. Thank you for coming Tabitha we are happy that you have been able to spend your life in a suitable, safe and comfortable environment.

billy

And Finally Our Billy…..The Kid

Well, what can we say…? This young man has certainly felt his presence felt at the Sanctuary. Going from a shy, introverted and unsociable lamb to, several months on, a young hooligan getting himself into all sorts of trouble during the day, thank fully returning to the safety and comfort of his place in the barn with his step-grannies every evening. Thinking that Billy needed some company nearer his own age we decided to put him out with Stargazer, Dinah and Blossom, however, he had other ideas and spent all day chasing Blossom round the paddock. So we transferred him to Henry the Herdwick’s group thinking that they may be better able to cope with his antics. Well, our Henry who, true to Herdwick form had picked on Spot Loggins last year only to be rebuffed by Spot’s Mum Iris, spent all day chasing Billy round the paddock. By four o’clock everyone, including us, was exhausted, and Billy was bleating at the gate to come in. Now he spends his days still with Henry’s group, a stalemate or sheep agreement of some kind having been reached, but demanding to return to his step-grannies for the night who happily take him back knowing that he is too tired to disrupt their peace.

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