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NEWS - March 2011

Hornby, Treacle, Pivot and Laurie

sheep

Arrived just before Christmas. They had been kept as pets but sadly their owner’s circumstances changed and so the Sanctuary was asked to take them and, of course, we said yes. Aged between four and six years old they all settled in immediately and have been happily munching their way through hay and other assorted goodies throughout the winter. Soon they will be joining a larger group of friends out in the fields.

Lots of new arrivals………..

hens

Including these two very pretty girls, Winnie and Wanda, who, along with Wendy and Boxer the cockerel – don’t ask why he’s got that name perhaps you can guess – arrived shortly after Christmas as their owner was emigrating to New Zealand. They had been kept as pets and he wanted their status to stay the same and not for them to end up in a pot. They have their own penthouse accommodation and you would think they had been here all their lives – especially Boxer! We hope his “manners” will change with time. How much time of course is another matter?

 

Iris and her son, Spot Loggins

Iris and Spot sheep

Spot Loggins had a lot of wisdom right from birth, it seems, as he quickly wormed his way into the heart of his rescuer aided and abetted by Mum Iris. They came from a farm near Bristol, where the care of the livestock was none too good with most of the sheep neglected. Their rescuer, who lived nearby, did not want Spot Loggins, at only six weeks old, nor his Mum to end up like the rest of the flock. So she successfully negotiated with the farmer to have them released into her care and onto the Sanctuary.

On arrival they were very dirty with dull ragged fleeces and Iris, who had not been fed properly, could not feed Spot Loggins herself. They were both very quiet but friendly and Iris blissfully ate and ate never moving far from the hay rack.

Spot Loggins had been bottle fed so was in a better state of health and he will be bottle fed for the time being. They both came with a condition called “orf” which is like severe cold sores but treatable as you can see by Spot’s rather fetching if unusual blue makeup. Fortunately neither he nor Mum finds anything alarming in this. They have both just made themselves very much at home form the first minute. We wish them many happy years with us.

All our new arrivals are looking for sponsors, even Boxer, so if you would love to welcome them to their new start in life, please contact us.

 

A Sad Goodbye

Gertrude the goat

The wonderful Gertrude, who had been with us for five years, and who had become an ancient lady at eighteen, slipped away in her sleep two weeks back. She had been slowing down for several weeks contentedly enjoying her porridge and the company of her elderly friends in her pen. Gertrude was a dignified girl, very sociable with everyone and always interested in the comings and goings in the barn. A quiet but strong presence and, we thought a very pretty one too. Thank you Getrude for coming to the Sanctuary.

 

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