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NEWS - June 2012

alan the pigeon

A Sad Goodbye

to Alan the Archangel Pigeon born, or hatched, at the Sanctuary 2 years ago, his parents having been rescued from Henley-in-Arden market. They died a while back and Alan continued to share the company of the rabbits who lived beneath him in his aviary. Alan had a great view of all the goings-on in the top paddock and was visited by Jean the turkey and her friends, Jane and Snowy. He was a very bright lad and never bothered when anyone went into his aviary or took his photo – a handsome and pleasant boy. Within days of Alan dying a wild pigeon needed help and it was put in the aviary to recover but on release couldn’t fly very far so we decided to try him or her in Alan’s place. The pigeon has settled down wonderfully and appears to enjoy his or her new accommodation and lifestyle. Any ideas for names? Please email us. Thank you Alan for sending a new friend.

two black faced sheep

Shaun and Tassie Arrive From Yorkshire

These two sheep had the great fortune to cross paths with their determined rescuer Ruth and her husband Alastair. Ruth saw Shaun making a bid for freedom from her office window, he was heading towards a main road, Ruth phoned the police then left her desk to help supervise Shaun’s lucky escape from the traffic. Sadly he had to be returned to his owner who appeared to be a dealer. However that only spurred Ruth on to greater efforts. Several phone calls and emails on and it was decided to bring Shaun to the Sanctuary. Ruth and Alastair hired a horse box and went to collect Shaun from the dealer who had rubbed his hands in glee when they agreed to buy him telling them some tale about how valuable Shaun was when in fact he was starving, had been laid in filth for some time judging by his fleece and was terrified of humans no doubt due to his handling by the dealer. Ruth said all the sheep were terrified and the dealer was shouting and throwing them around. She was deeply upset and decided to buy another for company for Shaun, this was Tassie. It was her escape too. The whole endeavour has cost Ruth and her husband almost £500 no mean sum, but these wonderful people are continuing to support the Sanctuary. Ruth works for a weaving company in Yorkshire and she has already bought and donated to the Sanctuary a camelhair stole to be auctioned to raise funds and she has plans to buy more, designing a label unique to the Sanctuary, to be sold in our efforts to secure the farm and the future for the animals here. Thank you Ruth and Alastair from Shaun, Tassie and the other 650 not to mention us.

lamb with bent front legs

Brave George Battles On

George who arrived at the Sanctuary last month does not have joint ill as we thought but probably was crushed in his mum’s womb during her pregnancy and didn’t have enough room to straighten his legs. Happily all the bones are there and are strong and George is not in any pain when his legs are straightened. So he went for X-rays last week and came home proudly displaying a pair of splints. The vet is very optimistic that George will grow and so will his legs to support him. He took his day to the vet’s very well and seemed fascinated by the whole trip. George has always valiantly tried to keep up with his friends Hamish, Nellie and Neil who do wait for him sometimes, but he lays down more than them, they all need a rest in the afternoon after a couple of hours out in the top paddock! He is growing and feeding very well and apart from his front legs is a normal lamb. We are willing him on and ask you all to do too.

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