NEWS - December 2013
Princess, Pudding and Pumpkin
These three young ladies had been kept as pets. Unfortunately as they grew their rescuers were no longer able to keep them so they arrived at the Sanctuary. Their new paddock was fenced and a new house erected partly paid for by the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust. Pumpkin just loves to roll over and have her tummy scratched. Princess and Pudding are a little more sedate but all three young ladies are very affectionate and very chatty and, we think, rather attractive. So does Archie next door and, even though he did seem to take Molly’s death very well at the time, the arrival of not one but three new ladies has certainly grabbed his attention.
A Sad Goodbye
To Buttercup who was in her late teens having come to Manor Orchard Farm 14 years ago rescued from slaughter and, none of us realised at the time, in calf. Her rescuer saved two lives that day. Within weeks Buttercup’s calf Bluebell was born and Buttercup proved to be a marvellous mother no surprise really as she was always a calm and pleasant character to be around. Her special friend was Angus and the three of them could more often than not be seen together grazing the fields, lowing quietly to each other. Sadly Bluebell died last year and Buttercup became even more attached to Angus who was constantly by her side. Buttercup also became more arthritic and almost blind now relying very much on Angus who patiently waited for her and guided her from one field to the next. She became used to her diminished sight and could get herself where she wanted to go. We hoped that Buttercup could have one last summer, she did and what a good one it was, plenty of sunshine and warmth. Buttercup died peacefully two weeks ago. Her quiet but gracious presence is very much absent from the fields. We hope you are reunited with Bluebell, sweetie, and that wherever you both are the sunshine and the flowers are constant. Thank you Buttercup for coming to us.
Some of our elderly hens have an exclusive new look designed and knitted for them by a long term supporter, as far as we are aware no other hens have these unique items. The older Girls have had a prolonged moult over these last few months and this can give rise to health problems, so, to keep them warm, they now have these fabulous waistcoats, inspired by Ad Fab?