11th January 2010
My story-I was found along with my two siblings, Margaret and Hawkeye, by bushwalkers in Bacchus Marsh one cold June morning. We were all very weak, cold and hungry. We will never know exactly what happened to our mummy. She was there one minute and gone the next. We miss her so. Hawkeye thought it would be a good idea to go and look for her. Despite being the smallest, he was very brave, he looked high and low but couldn’t find her but he did find a steep ravine and tumbled down it. Luckily the bushwalkers heard his cries and came to save him and in doing so came across me and Margaret.
Putting their bushwalk aside they bundled us up and promised to take us to a place of safety. We were still very cold, tired and hungry when the box lid opened and we took our first peek at Edgar’s Mission. Sadly for Hawkeye and Margaret, salvation came too late and they passed away not long after our arrival. But I am so glad they got to feel the touch of human kindness that I am fortunate enough to enjoy every day!
Like all mammals we need our mother’s milk in order to survive and most important is the colostrum (the first milk she produces.) It is rich in energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, as it contains maternal antibodies that help protect newborns from disease. It is essential we receive it in our first 24 hours of life. Antibodies can only cross the intestinal wall and enter our bloodstream during the first 24 to 36 hours of life. For orphans like me the susceptibility to diarrhoea and pneumonia is high if we don’t get enough colostrum. My new human friends call me miracle boy as it is thought that we did not receive any colostrum and this may well be the reason for the rapid demise of my brother and sister despite the very best of care they received upon arrival at this wonderful place.
I may well be the miracle boy but for me each day I witness a miracle of love and kindness showered on each and every animal here at Edgar’s Mission.
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