Unlocking the frozen heart…

Elsa

This time yesterday we had no idea of the pandemonium that was about to besiege our office as it underwent a sudden transformation into a triage ward for a critical newborn lamb. Our first hint of impending emergency came when we took the call from our Pete. It seems a kind hearted Samaritan had come upon an almost frozen newly born lamb and took the hapless creature to our new farm in Lancefield (which is yet to be fully operational). Pushing the pedal to the metal, with the near lifeless and limp lamb tucked under his jumper for warmth, Pete made post haste, quickly calling ahead to alert us of the emergency. Stored colostrum would be thawed, glucose drip readied, iodine solution on standby and heating devices prepared in order to give the wee one the very best chance at life we could.

Peter would later relay that as he made his mercy dash he felt mid-journey that the tiny creature had passed but he dared not stop to check, lest he be wrong and waste what would be valuable lifesaving minutes. How our collective hearts froze when the moribund bundle reached us, her tiny head flopping listlessly to one side, her legs equally flaccid with no hint they could ever support the weight of her body, however frail and tiny it may be. Placing a hand on her mouth for a sign of life we felt its deathly frozenness, her eyes a blank stare. But then, as Elsa raised her tiny fluffy head no more than a millimetre, our hearts unfroze and the words, “She’s still with us,” slipped from our lips. There was no time to waste, we swung into action.

Elsa

Over the next painstaking hours we worked feverishly and well into the night, and our rewards were to be bountiful as the tiny lamb would stand, baa, drink, poop and pee and our hearts were reminded that a single act of kindness could save a life.

Elsa’s story is one we hope will continue for many a year as she gets to grow old, surrounded by her buddies, doing all the things sheep love to do, safe in the knowledge she will never become a meal or face a grisly death after a gruelling seaboard journey aboard a live-export vessel. And her story would not be complete though without sending our unending thanks to the kind hearted Good Samaritan who found Elsa and restored our faith in humanity. Thank you to our loyal supporter who recently sent through drip bags of life enhancing glucose. Thank you to the generous person who donated an animal heat pad that was magically at our finger tips when we needed it most and to our loyal and generous donors, whose kind donations ensure that we always have on hand the best quality lamb formula we can source, along with other essential veterinary supplies, thank you too from the bottom of our hearts.

Elsa

Every year Australia sustains the deaths of millions of tiny lambs just like Elsa, their passing but another day at the office and an economic loss that the industry factors in. But when it comes to the lives and wellbeing of other sentient creatures, we should never just “Let it go”. Please share Elsa’s heart-moving story, for you never know whose heart it may unfreeze and please never let go of your kindness for animals.

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21 thoughts on “Unlocking the frozen heart…

  1. You are all inspirational people. I only wish we had a world full of kindness and love that you share and give everyday all day.
    Thank you you so inspire me.

  2. Such a heartwarming story. I often walk home from work along the Yarra and on many days a truck laden with ‘stock’ will pass me by. With a heavy heart I breath deeply the smell that is the smell of these wonderful creatures and feel I keep a tiny piece of them all with me. I know where they’re going and it makes me sad – I often want to walk another way home so that I don’t get so upset, but instead I look hard at the truck and relish is the scent of the animals and think about them all with love.

  3. What a precious little soul. You are so lucky to be where you are, thanks to such caring people who have so much compassion in their hearts for these beautiful animals that are normally treated as a commodity and their worth only seen as $’s.
    My heart lifts when I read these stories, but breaks when I think about the Live Export industry where the people who send their animals off that way do not care and have no compassion. It’s all about money. I will never give up signing petitions and protesting about that horrible industry untill it ends, or I do first!.

  4. Tiny Elsa is beautiful . Thank you for providing a haven to at least some of these mistreated, abandoned living creatures, you all help me hold onto some faith in humanity, which is sorely tried these days. As long as loving hearts like yours exist, there is a ray of hope that eventually we will advance and improve as a species.

  5. Thank you sooo much Pete and everybody for saving Elsa’s life!!! Life is so precious and animals are so precious and it’s so good to read that people care for them and help them. Thank you so much for your great work.
    Sending love from Germany,
    Renate

  6. What a beautiful little girl. And how blessed she was to have been relocated into your caring hands. Thank you to all of you.

  7. Lucky little Elsa, if anyone can pull her through it’s you guys. I wish for her a life of freedom, peace & love at Edgar’s Mission. Love Alana

  8. Just had to say not only is this a great story of human kindness but the person who wrote this has a rare and beautiful skill of writing.

  9. UNBELIEVABLE that lambs die from exposure – what sort of crap farmers are these stupid australians – lazy good-for-nothing wastes of space. DISGUSTING.

  10. What a beautiful heart-warming story and such a dear little lamb who has been so fortunate to find good Samaritans as yourselves.

  11. I am amazed by what you all do to save these precious creatures. I don’t know how so many are left behind to die. Very cruel, very cruel.

  12. What a precious baby. All life is valuable and it’s rewarding to see how many others feel the same. I wish her a happy and long life.

  13. I live in a farming district and have had the priviledge of rescuing many animals and birds. The day before yesterday I noticed a sheep lying in a neighbouring farmer’s paddock and it looked very dead (it wasn’t a cute lamb just a rangy old ram). I kept driving convinced it was beyond help. Yesterday I stopped across the road and had another look. It still looked dead but suddenly it threw up one leg. I quickly went over to help. I took off my cardigan and struggled under the barbed wire on the fence. When I got to him he was wild eyed with terror and he made a futile attempt to get up. He stumbled in a circle and fell back down. He was lying in his own waste and had a green runny nose. I raised him up and supported him with my knee for a long period to see if he could find his ‘sea legs’ but unfortunately to no avail. Long story short, he had to be put down. The ending was not what you would call happy but the main thing is the poor creature didn’t have to keep lying in misery waiting for his owner to notice he was in a bad way. This is by no means an isolated incidence. Most farmers in my area don’t care much about their animals’ wellbeing, just about economy. WHAT I ASK IS THAT WARMHEARTED PEOPLE BECOME VIGILANT AND PROACTIVE IN INTERVENING ON BEHALF OF A VOICELESS MULTITUDE OF PITIFUL CREATURES !!!!!

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