NEWS - July 2016
Two small pet sheep and a small spotted pony arrived together. Their owner had lost her grazing, after spending months trying to find other premises or new homes for them the situation was becoming desperate, no one wanted them.
What do people do when faced with this situation when they care desperately for their animals and want them to be safe but can't find help? There's only one answer, the last resort, have them put to sleep so that at least they know they'll never get into the wrong hands?
We found spaces, the two little middle aged ewes joined one of our other elderly groups and Bubble, the pony, (now renamed Aero by the girls) joined three of our little elderly pony mares, Tarka, Coral and Dumpling. A lot of flirting went on, he's a very handsome little chap and the old mares haven't had a male companion for many years.
Little Dumpling, who is probably about thirty years old ignores him completely, Tarka and Coral, in their mid twenties, take it in turns to have mutual grooming sessions, all is well in their world.
Another little animal desperately seeking a new home was Pixie the Pot Bellied Pig. A similar story, Pixie had lived with her family since a tiny piglet, much loved, she had lots of company and freedom, she became very humanised.
Circumstances changed and Pixie faced a very uncertain future. The future for pigs needed to be rehomed is very bleak. For welfare reasons adult pigs are best to be kept outdoors, they need strong fencing, an area for a wallow and special food. Anyone who has those facilities usually has pigs in them.
As the situation was desperate we agreed to take Pixie, she's in a temporary pen, the challenge now is to raise the funds to provide Pixie with her own special pig area where she can be; a pig.
Two young, pretty little ducks came next. They had been bought to live alongside some hens, all kept as pets. The hens had other ideas, these strange waddling creatures weren't hens so they weren't welcome. The hens harassed and bullied the ducks until the owner had no choice but to look for another safe house for them. We had recently lost one of our elderly drakes. Our remaining drake hasn't enjoyed the company of ducks for several years. The two males had been two old crotchety bachelors jtogether, but when he spotted these two attractive ducks the years fell away. He preened his feathers, he showed off his swimming prowess, (to the bottom and back), and welcomed them in to his little bachelor pad. So far, happy ever after.
Simon the lamb
A few days ago Simon the lamb was brought in to us. As yet we don't have all his details. He's about 6 months old, he's blind, possibly brain damaged. He's ferociously keen to have his bottle, eat his food, sit quietly and listen to the sounds around him, in short he seems content to be in the world in which he's found himself in.
We will look after him, give him what we think he needs, carry out blood tests and do a full assessment on his condition before we decide on a plan for his future.
We hope we can keep him healthy, we hope we can keep him contented in his world, sheep are very good at accepting their limitations so we'll see. He'll be loved, cared for and respected. It's why we're here.
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