NEWS - August 2016
Three more pigs have now joined our ever growing pig herd. Margo, Jerry and Barbara are very much loved pigs, saved from the slaughterhouse many years ago. Their heartbroken owner had to take the very difficult decision to find a safe home for them due to her ill health.
They've settled in very well, nice, friendly big pigs who enjoy a good scratch behind the ears and a back scrub.
Two little Hebridean male sheep arrived in transit with the pigs. We'd already taken in 8 sheep from the same owner, she felt that she would be able to take care of these two small boys, she was missing her sheep that she'd cared for for so many years.
The Hebrideans missed the other sheep, they bleated for them , walked around the paddock looking for them so it was decided for their sake to bring them to us.
10 pretty little call ducks have come to live with our three ducks and Paul the goose. Their owner was having to move house, she was unable to take her little ducks with her. The first thing these busy little ducks do when they're let out of their house in the morning is to race to the old cattle foot bath, which now serves as a duck swimming and exercise pool, to have their early morning wash and brush up.
A Light Sussex hen, whose companion had died was brought to us to keep her safe. She's a big, confident, bossy girl, the dogs all learnt very quickly to give her a wide berth unless they were looking for a beak in the bottom.
We took in Shannon, an Irish cob mare, to keep company with Arnie, Sparkle and Ebony, three of our other rescued horses. Shannon had suffered a leg injury, she wasn't able to be ridden for at least 12 months, if at all in the future. Her owner wasn't in a position to rest her, the alternative? To have her put down or find a place where she could be given the chance to recover. She's a quiet, kind mare, a perfect companion.
New to us, and totally unexpected, we were asked if we could accommodate 10 Alpacas. Circumstances for their owner had changed unexpectedly, the Alpacas needed a safe, secure home for life.
It was quite a challenge. Apart from our Vet, we know nothing about Alpacas but are always willing to learn. Many years ago I was attacked by a Llama we'd rescued, I didn't wish to repeat the experience and the animals do look familiar.
Fears have been unfounded, these Alpacas are delightful, friendly but rather odd looking beings, they were largely ignored by the sheep. The horses, Alice, Mary, Fred and Joel however, looked as though beings from Outer Space had landed in their field. They bunched up together, snorted, rolled their eyes and moved as one to get as far away as they could from these funny little long necked things with the fluffy hairdos and spindly legs.
The Alpacas gave them a collective, superior look that said "Idiots"! Things are settling down, especially since the horses have been moved to another field. They do keep looking back over their shoulders to see if by any chance the Alpacas have been beamed back up again. "Idiots"!
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