NEWS - May 2012
ET, our brave lad, survives second dog attack
ET was attacked by dogs as a young lamb which was how he came to live at the Sanctuary. You may read his full story on his sponsor page - that attack left him with no ears, severe scarring to his neck and a damaged jaw. This was some years ago and since then ET has not only recovered from his physical injuries but from his emotional ones too. Se we were horrified when he was attacked again fortunately nowhere near as badly this time. He lost some fleece and was bitten on his back leg, this has now completely healed and, we are both relived and delighted to say that it does not appear to have affected him emotionally.
Billy suddenly left us this week, it was not really a surprise to either ourselves or the vet as he had always had some very strange episodes throughout his year here where he would just stop and stand staring into space - one minute he was with us in the barn and the next he had gone, just as fast as that and with no warning. The vet thinks that he had some brain damage at birth and that this finally caught up with him as he grew bigger. Well, dear Billy, you certainly kept us and the grannies on our toes but we all loved you and most certainly miss you shouting at the paddock gate at 4 pm to come back in, refusing to eat anything except out of your bucket in the yard and finding the joys of Rich Tea Biscuits. Where ever you are now Billy, be well and be happy.
From being an unwanted kitten threatened with drowning at 10 weeks old and arriving with her rescuer from Devon, Maisie not only survived but thrived becoming the official house cat - spending her years with us in comfort in the winter, living in the barns and hunting in the warmer months. The last three winters have been particularly cold, as we are all only too aware, so Maisie decided that she would share the quilt with Janet and Puppa at night, much to Puppa’s disgust, but she soon realised that Maisie created more warmth so that was OK. Some weeks back Maisie was found on one of her favourite hunting grounds, we think she had had a heart attack, a fatal one, as she didn’t appear to have struggled or suffered. Thank you for coming to us Maisie, you need to send a replacement now as your position in the house is vacant. Even Puppa misses you.
Hamish, Neil and Nellie came first, orphaned lambs who were all a little too small and weak to complete with the others at bottle time. They are now around four weeks old and doing very well, growing, playing and at the moment in this awful weather, cuddled up with the grannies in the barn. Nellie is very definitely the leader. Hamish had a slight set back but seems to be fine now on his diet of goat’s milk and yogurt.
Then George arrived…
A couple of weeks older George had got off to a reasonable start with his Mum out in the field but then developed joint ill, this affects all the lamb’s joints is very pain full, can maim for life if not kill when left untreated. As he had not been treated George has suffered some damage to his joints but he has responded very well indeed to antibiotics and homeopathic therapies. He now bounces around with his young friends not at all inhibited by his deformities.
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