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NEWS - December 2013

Jackson’s Pedicure


Jackson, having recovered from the huge abscess at the top of one of his front legs, now needed his hooves trimming. We were definitely not looking forward to this as he had put up such a struggle despite enough sedation for an elephant, or so it seemed at the time, when his abscess was treated. It also meant that he had to be brought out of his field, across the lane and into one of the barns for the farrier to treat him and Jackson had made it perfectly clear in the past that Jackson will only do what Jackson wants to do.

On the morning of the farriers visit Jackson was given some sedation and amazingly let us lead him across the lane into the barn. Even more amazingly he let the farrier do his job. So with abscess healed and feet back to normal Jackson seems very comfortable and we will continue to monitor his knee problem, an old injury, which he sustained before coming to the Sanctuary. Well done Jackson and well done farrier.


Thank you from the Animals and Jan to Amy Palmer who raised £135 when she ran in the Taunton 10K race at the end of September.


Thank you from the Animals and Jan to our patron Joanna Lumley who donated a photo of herself in her role as Purdy in the Avengers and a signed script from an episode of Ad Fab to be auctioned for our funds. They raised £500.

One Year On


Holly is now around 18 months old. She was rescued from market last November along with 6 of her friends. They were in a dreadful state, dirty, starved, terrified and suffering from liver fluke. Sadly 2 of Holly’s friends died over the winter just too ill, too malnourished and too frightened to fight to survive. We all thought Holly was a boy as she was the only one with horns and it was some months before we discovered other wise, she is the only surviving girl. She and her friends have not only survived but thrived and are happy, healthy young sheep who enjoy a fuss and enjoy biscuits. In the evening when the sheep in the barn are being checked before their light is turned out, yes they have one, Holly will come to have her face rubbed. Despite all the odds against them these 5 young sheep not only found their way to the Sanctuary but to good health and we hope will be with us for a long time.

For the sake of Holly and her friends please help us to stop the Sanctuary from being evicted, we need all the support we can get raising funds to achieve this, thank you.



Companions Lilly and Ginger, now into their teens, seen here munching hay in their special paddock need their paddock refurbishing with a surface that will be healthy for them and won’t become muddy. Lilly has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and Ginger is prone to laminitis so they don’t do well out on grass but do go out in the top paddock when they are well and it is not muddy.

Their special area now needs refurbishing and thanks to a grant from the Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, based in Europe, their area will not only have new fencing but lots of drainage put in followed by a covering of hard core with a foot of sand on top of that. Whilst this is being done they are based in Hosanna’s stable and she has joined some of the sheep in the top paddock with a field shelter. Except she views the shelter has her personal bedroom, oh well, sheep it’s not forever.

THANK YOU from Lilly and Ginger, Jan, Louise, Kirsty, Hayley, Mandy and Harry.


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