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NEWS - April/May 2019

In March, we were holding our breath that Spring wasn't going to be a repeat of last year, the dreaded drought! April wasn't typical, no nice warm April showers, grass didn't grow, the nettles thrived though, which we didn't want.

Sheep were prepared for turnout, bottoms were trimmed to help prevent flystrike, feet were checked, they were separated into groups, young sheep, old sheep, middle aged sheep, fat sheep, sheep who would only live happily within sight of the house, (previous bottle fed babies and previous pets, mostly).

The weather began to improve in May, lovely sunny days, rain, just what we needed, you could almost see the grass growing, and the nettles. It was good to see them all galloping down into the fields at last after the long, gloomy winter, they needed the fresh air, they needed the exercise, they needed the grass, they needed to behave like sheep again.



Little orphan Elliot, who arrived in March was joined by Ava, a small white lamb found running along the A46 just outside Tewksbury, by Jen, who was on her way to work. Ava was very lucky not to have been mown down by the traffic, which wasn't making any great attempt to avoid her, until Jen stopped her car to go to her rescue.

There were no other sheep to be seen in nearby fields, she had no marks on her, no ear tags, she couldn't be identified and she was in great danger of being hit by a car. She's settled in well, she didn't take to the bottle straightaway. She watched Elliot, who guzzles his bottle as though his life depends on getting it down him in record time then decided to give it a try. It's become a race between them to see who can finish first, with much burping to finish off.

Orlando, the exotically named handsome boy arrived next. He was ill as a lamb, which saved his life as he had to receive a lot of care and attention to get him better, so he became a bit of a pet, one sheep who didn't have to take that final journey to the abattoir with his companions.


Angela the lamb was next, another lamb found wandering alone up in the wilds of Yorkshire. It was obvious when we saw her that she had some brain damage, her eyesight was poor and she had no idea how to suck from a bottle. Since being here she's made a big improvement, she loves her bottle, she runs with the other lambs to be first in line at feeding time, she loves going out onto the grass, she seems to be a happy, contented little soul.

One call we never expected to get was could we possibly find room a pig who had been found unconscious on the M42? We thought at first it was a wind up until we realised the call came from our Vets, one of whom had been called out to this comatose pig.

We still don't know the full story, the pig had obviously fallen out of a vehicle, we don't know if he landed on the hard shoulder or in the fast lane? Whichever, he managed to close the the Motorway down for some time, no one seemed to know what to do with an abandoned pig? Litter yes, the odd shoe or item of clothing, a suitcase, but never a pig. This pig had no markings on him, no ear tags, which is a legal requirement, and no one came forwards to report a missing pig? There could only have been one place that Percy was heading, it would have been his final journey.

After being examined by the Vet, and having his cuts and bruises treated, the pig spent the night in the back of a Council van until being brought to us the following day. We named him Percy, the Roadhog. Percy spent the day in his comfortable new house sleeping, the following day he ventured out into his garden area, showing every sign that he was glad to be alive.


He's a grand lad, very friendly, very happy, very playful, welcome home Percy.

Last to arrive was Baa, another very handsome much loved sheep who had been sharing a house with Nikki, spending a lot of his time lounging around in the Conservatory sharing vegan food. On this diet, plus some proper sheep food, Baa grew and grew and by all accounts began to believe he owned the Conservatory and the other occupants were only tenants.


The time had come that Baa needed to be reminded that he was a sheep, a herd animal, herd animals lived in fields not Conservatories. It was with a lot of tears that Baa was brought to us, tears on arrival, tears on leaving. Baa looked a bit puzzled for a while, once he'd settled into the breakfast and afternoon tea routine he seemed resigned to his new life. He will become a sheep, he will make friends and he will eventually let the memories of lounging about in a conservatory on rainy days drift away.

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