21st March 2014
Help is on its way- meet Roger Ramjet
Right now Roger Ramjet is winging his way to Edgar’s Mission. But not in pursuit of crooks, only a little love and tender kindness is our new buddy Roger. And in a terrible bind is he with two overgrown horns menacing the poor chap. While the less threatening right horn merely blocks vision to the eye, a wicked left horn gouges his cheek and presses perilously and painfully against his eye ball. To see how we are able to assist the hapless Roger stay tuned to this station!!
And please remember if you see animal cruelty or neglect report it. Contact the local police, council or RSPCA and log the incident with the 1800 Animal Cruelty Hotline (Australia wide) 1800 751 770. If you don’t report it who will?
And they’re off!!
Thanks to a joint effort and heavy grunting by our dedicated crew, Roger Ramjet has no more reason to ram his head against a wall seeking relief from his burdensome horns. Calling in the heavy artillery of a gigli saw Roger was quickly reacquainted with the outside world as his horns felled to the floor. Blinking through watery eyes for the first time in what would be a very long time dear Roger could actually see, and we trust his vision of a new realm of kindness will please him indeed. Sadly, heavily gouging to his cheek will leave significant scaring, a legacy to a life forgotten.
Whilst most goats do have horns, not all sheep do and those that are born without horns are referred to as ‘polled’. Horns consist of an internal bony structure that is made up of blood vessels, while the outer sheath is made up of keratin, similar to that of our fingernails. This is why you will often see sheep with interesting grooves in their horns. For sheep with horns they will grow continuously, with the most rapid growth in the first two to three years of their life. The horns of sheep are unlike those of goats in that they grow in curls or spirals not straight up or out, and sadly this sometimes causes issues for hapless sheep such as dear Roger.
And while Roger no longer has a reason to ram his head against a wall sometimes we here at Edgar’s Mission feel as much when we see such wanton cruelty inflicted on hapless animals. Please if you have animals in your care ensure as a very base line they have a life worth living free from pain and harm.