NEWS - January 2015
Archie arrived at the Sanctuary almost ten years back with his lifelong companion Molly. Their owner could no longer keep them and they were going to be shot, fortunately a Sanctuary supporter got to hear of their demise and arranged for them to make their journey to safety. Sadly Molly died two years ago she was an old Girl, Archie a couple of years younger. Archie rallied after she was gone across from his paddock he had Rosie and Georgina and then next door came Sugar and Spice and in the paddock next to them Princess, Pudding and Pumpkin. He was surrounded by Girls and seemed very content to view them at a distance, probably best being an old Boy. He was always a sociable lad, would come to the fence for a chat especially if you had an apple handy and loved a scratch behind his ears. He died peacefully in his paddock helped by the vet, his arthritis finally getting the better of him. Both Archie and Molly came to us for the rest of their lives and it was a privilege to meet them, to care for them and to see them safely through to a natural end. We hope that they are together again, munching apples in the sunshine with a wallow to enjoy when it gets too hot.
Pretty Georgina came to the Sanctuary three years back having been left to starve to death in a field of rotting sheep carcases stuck in the mud. She was always a bit of a feisty Girl especially where food was concerned but I guess you could understand that. Her general condition soon improved and she enjoyed the pastures here, the company of Bluebell, Marmite and Angus, there was a constant supply of food for her, she would never go without again. Sadly her stay with us was a short one, she became ill and lost weight, every test was done, every type of special feed was provided for her but she continued to deteriorate so it was decided to end her short life. She was around 16 years old, old in the commercial world, but not in the world of the Sanctuary. We were glad that at least she had three years of security and contentment, that she too was seen safely though to the end of her life - dying with peace and dignity.
Jacqueline and Josephine
Mum and Daughter almost had their lives ended before they had really begun but thanks to vet Josie helped by Jacquie and Jan they came to us three months back so this update is tell you all that they have recovered from their ordeal, are thriving and have gained a lot of confidence. Jacqueline, MUM, loves carrots but they have to washed first, and little Josephine has changed from a small calf into a budding young lady. They have their personal overnight stable but share the pastures during the day with elderly Angus. They are both on the look out for adopters.
Baldrick, Percy, Melchet and Edmund have been with us for a month. Bred commercially but for reasons unknown unable to fly, their owner wanted a good and permanent home for them and they have found one in the kitchen next to Rocky the rescued parrot. Their general condition is improving with Baldrick now able to get up if he falls off his perch. They are much more vocal and, we have to say, much sweeter to listen to than Rocky. Sorry Rocky.
11th Hour Survivor
That’s Colin who has been here for a month. Poor Colin and his brother were bought as a wedding present – why? – two years later they were no longer wanted, their owners moving, so they were sent to slaughter, sadly Colin’s brother did not survive that, Colin did because his papers weren’t in order. Not just once but twice! Couldn’t he and his brother have had a new home found for them? Why throw them away like a pair of shoes. Most fortunately for Colin his rescuer heard of his plight and bought him. She brought him to the Sanctuary from Somerset on a muddy Saturday and Colin immediately set about rearranging the mud in his paddock, exploring his house and adding a finishing touch of bramble from the hedge to his straw bedding. Well what a personable, chatty and lovely lad he is, as well as rather handsome. Georgina has been eyeing him up from the paddock across the way but sensibly he has kept his head down, she is a rather big girl. Colin just adores apples and polo mints, adores visitors, adores the staff and volunteers, adores having his back scratched and enjoys a good chat. Welcome, Colin! If you would like to adopt Gorgeous Colin now is your chance!