NEWS - August 2013
Rambo Gets New Lease Of Life
Rambo came to the Sanctuary from a children’s petting farm some years back when he out grew the cute stage and would have been destined for slaughter, of course the children are not told that. He seems to have been here forever as, for a small ram he has a large presence – read on.
So, now well into his teens Rambo has definitely displayed all his likes and dislikes over the years and ended up living with his only two likes Jumbo and Monty. Sadly both these large, friendly and calm Boys had to leave us over the winter and Rambo was left on his own. Feeling sorry for him we tried him with several different groups of sheep all of which he beat up, well, yes that is Rambo I’m afraid. Obviously the calming presence of Jumbo and Monty had by now well worn off. So, in the interests of sheep welfare, mainly the others, Rambo now lives in the barn with lots of space and he goes out during the day and now we come to his new lease of life.
Rambo’s main and possibly only hobby has always been butting and he just loves it especially people. So he exits the barn in the mornings, turns left down the tract then swings a very acrobatic and, for his age, nimble left through a kissing gate into the field with the public footpath and there Rambo’s day really begins. After several happy hours he performs his final act of the day by chasing Mandy (she comes to put the chickens to bed) who does her best to get to the chicken enclosure before he can head her off, perhaps she should have run in the Berlin Marathon too, then he charges up the field performing a circuit of the top paddock just in case he can catch out the unwary, across the yard and, much to everyone’s relief, back into the barn. We wish you many happy years of chasing yet to come Rambo, bless you.
Gloucester Vegans Visit
Fifteen vegans visited the Sanctuary last month spending the day with the Animals and Janet, happily they didn’t get to “meet” Rambo out in the open. They have produced a very nice write up about their visit on their website at www.glos.vegans.wordpress.com/hope. Thank you for visiting and thank you for your fundraising support. We are pleased that you enjoyed the day.
In June we had a visit from a Danish vet on behalf of a Danish long standing and large company who have decided that they would like to fund the setting up and running of a farm animal sanctuary in Denmark and also to campaign in Denmark on behalf of farm animals. As, in their words, “There is nothing for farm animals in Denmark. Pigs and cows in particular suffer in large numbers.” We wish them every success and would like to add our heartfelt thanks for setting up this much needed facility.
New Arrivals From Anglesey
There must be something in the air in North Wales that spurs on people determined to rescue sheep. First it was Larry and Lucy lambs and now we have Amy and her twin sons Orville and Wilbur. Here they are after several weeks with us, Amy still a little nervous. Read their story first hand and see their pictures courtesy of their compassionate rescuers. Read more about Amy, Orville and Wilbur here.
Flora’s New Friend James
James the veterinary student, who is now studying for his Masters, was with us for a couple of weeks last month, his main interest being equines, and he will be volunteering here some weekends too. Flora had not long been rescued from market when James arrived and he spent many hours with her helping her to gain confidence in her new surroundings and new friends. From Flora and us James, thank you.
Facebook Auction Page
Thank you to supporter Anna Beswick who runs our EBay site and who has now set up an Auction Page for the Sanctuary on Face book. Take a look at www.facebook.com/groups/165722003610428/
After shearing it was hay making and this year for the first time we have made hay from one of the fields. Large round bales, 114 in total, which will help out with some of our funding.
Open Day Sunday 1st September
Please follow the link for details of our Open Day, make a date in your diary to come and meet some of our animals and birds. Any special requests should please be sent to Janet Taylor. Please support this event and help safeguard the lives of the animals and birds, thank you.