Bill & Bing

Bill & Bing

“They’re babies, just babies” was our first thought when we saw the faces of these two tiny, trembling boys peering terrified back at us from the small crate that held them on the back of a ute. But what came next was even more chilling: “If youse don’t take ‘em, I’ll have to shoot ‘em” quickly followed by, “But I want to do the right thing”. Regardless of their “crime”, these kids, who we christened Bill and Bing, were only babies in a big confusing world full of rickety fences to surmount, gardens to navigate and tempting treats, and when you are a kid goat, everything is an inviting challenge beckoning either your dancing hooves or curious mouth.

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Mrs Bee where have you been?

Mrs Bee

“So where have you been Mrs Bee?” we asked of a plucky little ISA brown hen who was found nonchalantly grazing the front lawn of a suburban house recently.  Luckily for Mrs Bee she picked the right house, for the kindly folks, whilst unable to find her humans did find a happy outcome for this intrepid hen.  Sadly, many councils have no provision for lost or abandoned poultry, who often fall not only off transport vehicles but through the gaps in our animal protection legislation. But one thing is for sure, Mrs Bee will never be forgotten again!

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Where are they now – Flappy

Where are they now

Every month we shine the spotlight on a family who have chosen to bring new faces into their homes and hearts and adopt one or a few rescued animals. Read on to see how Pappy (formally Flappy), Olga and Nebula (formally Nicky and Thyme) are going in their new forever home.

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Rewriting his life

Today we are giddy with delight as Lambert came home. But it was not a noisy, cramped, open aired livestock carrier that made this possible. Rather our straw filled transport vehicle, carefully navigating each turn to ensure Lambert was as comfortable as possible and never put off his feet, that did.

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If you missed Lambert’s arrival, he came into our care in the dying hours of Tuesday just gone. Found by a kind heart who witnessed his brutal handling as he was tossed from a livestock carrier to land in an almost unmoving lump next to his dead companion. As more nervous sheep were unloaded, this courageous passer-by knew just what she had do. Securing Lambert’s release as the words “yeah, you can have it. We’re only going to knock it on the head when we’re finished” were uttered and Lambert’s life was set to be rewritten. Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill, did he know?

Buffalo Bill

Our Buffalo Bill, not to be confused with William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody of the American Wild West fame, who killed over 4000 bison, is a gentle soul who never claimed a scalp, although he did have a bounty of sorts on his head. You see, our Buffalo Bill takes his name from the mountain range upon which he and his two buddies had roamed for many a year. Indeed, the picturesque mountain range of Mt Buffalo and her glorious falls and mountain ranges could be argued to be an idyllic home for a goat. Alas, treacherous winding roads and close encounters with humans were one way or another going to claim the life of Bill, as it had done his small herd some time earlier. Corralled for death, Bill managed somehow to escape and literally took for the hills and high country, eventually settling on the carpark area of Rollasons Falls. Over time, the timid and lonely Bill became a little too confident with food-bearing humans and displaying his annoyance at those without food. And so, Buffalo Bill’s notoriety began to soar as high as the mountain range he had come to love. With notices placed warning of his “dangerous” nature, Bill’s days seemed to be numbered. But here’s where luck and a kind heart pedalled in. Having witnessed Bill’s gentle side and learning of the “mysterious” disappearance of other goats from the area, our Good Samaritan put the wheels in motion for a rescue plan for Bill.

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Homa, the homeless hobo

Homa

It wasn’t always the case that Homa was homeless. Indeed, the aged fellow had at one time been a stud merino ram, siring many offspring and earning his keep. However, with his use-by date reached, there appeared no home for the dear boy and, judging by his excessively overgrown fleece, it had been this way for some time. Now, some may be thinking that ending up in a rural country pound, just a stone’s throw from the local abattoir, was to be the worst day of the dear boy’s life, but it was to turn out to be the best. Striking the heart and telephone of a kindly pound worker, the call went out for a reprieve for dear Homa. While there are not too many keen to take on an ageing sheep, let alone a ram, it is these golden oldies to whom we are so strongly drawn. The wisdom in his one good eye coupled with scaring of his other eye (a legacy of a long gone injury), pulled at our heartstrings like no other as we set out to fulfil our pledge of a life truly worth living for Homa.

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Strawberry kisses

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I did save a strawberry for you, but then I got hungry. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Kris Kringle is quite the gentleman.

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Princess Leia

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And kindness has never been so cute.

Princess Leia is proof that a little bit of kindness makes the whole world of difference.

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Ruby’s close up

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I’m ready for my close up now.

When your heart is as beautiful as Ruby’s, you’ll always take a great picture.

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Feeling blue?

Piglet Breakfast

Feeling blue? We have just the cure – cute piglets having breakfast. Bye bye Monday Blues!

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Knock knock, it’s Madeline

Madeline

Knock knock. Who’s there? It’s me, Madeline Merino.

Doe-eyed Madeline owes her life to a sweltering heatwave. Noticing her difficulty walking, her previous caretakers decided it was too hot to dig a hole to bury the little lamb – and as the days passed they realised there was another option. And we’re so glad they did.

Read Madeline’s story here.

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A beautiful moment

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And how privileged are we to witness the special bonds between Carol and her piglets. Seeing Carol nurture her precious babies is enough to warm our souls.

You can watch Carol’s heartwarming arrival video here.

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We caught a couple of Getaways

Getaway Plan

It’s true, there’s no escaping the charms of our residents. Brothers Dan and Mike Miao, from band The Getaway Plan, are both compassionate animal-lovers and yesterday were captured by Hip Hop Bob, Morgan Sheep and three tiny kids, among others. How blessed we are to be able to share the magic of Edgar’s Mission with such bright and kind hearts.

A while ago we shared an article written by Dan about his change of heart about fishing, if you missed it you can read it here.

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Eureka

Eureka

Around 265 BC, a Greek scholar and mathematician named Archimedes dipped his toe into a tub at the public baths in Syracuse, with his leg following suit. In doing this, Archimedes watched the water level rise. Lowering himself more fully into the water, he saw it continue to do so, ultimately spilling over the sides of the bath. At this point, Archimedes recognised that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body that had been submerged.

So excited about this discovery was Archimedes that he immediately jumped out of the bath and ran all the way home crying out, “Eureka, eureka,” which is Greek for “I have found it, I have found it”. In his glee, Archimedes failed to find his clothes and he ran home stark naked. However, what Archimedes was referring to was a way to determine the answer to a problem he had been posed by Hiero of Syracuse on how to assess the purity of gold in a golden crown. Continue reading

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Here with us

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Each and every animal comes into this world with the same determination to live and seeks a happy life. As individuals they have no understanding of why humans would want to hurt them, and if they could it would surely give them no solace. Continue reading

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Have your cake

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You can have your cake and eat it too, just like Marty Turkey. With the amazing breadth of food choices at our excited little fingertips, eating compassionately has never been so tasty.

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When there’s everything to live for

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There’s a warmth that comes from good friends, like that between best friends Rosie and Connor. When Connor arrived, he was clinging far too gingerly to life. Covered in amniotic fluid and his umbilical cord still wet, Connor was only hours old and already exposed to a cold hard truth – no shelter and ewes bred to lamb in winter are a deadly mix. Today, Connor’s days are filled with kindness, joy and warmth.

You can read Connor’s story here.

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Peekaboo Mixie, we see you

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On that fateful day, the driver didn’t see Mixie fall, or leap, from the back of the stockcrate that was carrying her to be butchered. Actually, nobody had really seen Mixie until the kind stranger secured her safe passage to Edgar’s Mission. Anyone who truly saw her – as an innocent and gentle calf deserving of happiness, kindness and her mother’s knowing care – would never have thought her life was worth anything less.

An open and kind heart is one of the greatest gifts we can share with the world. Once we start to really see farmed animals, they leap into our hearts as though their lives depend on it. Which they do.

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Foodies, we need you

Hansel

Love and good food – the recipe for a happy life. While Hansel and Gretel have both in spades, they’re planning a romantic meal for two and we need help to find them a venue with pizazz.* They’re willing to travel Australia-wide and, before you mention grass or hay, they’re looking for somewhere spectacular. An amazing vegan, or very vegan friendly, café or restaurant with top-notch fodder.

If you know of anywhere in Australia that fits the bill, please comment below – we want to know them all, no stone left unturned. Continue reading

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A lovely Sunday

Sunday and Itty Bitty

When Sunday arrived at Edgar’s Mission, she was just a dainty little one weighing less than 3kg. From uncertain beginnings she has blossomed into a beautiful ewe with a long and happy life awaiting. It’s amazing what a little kindness can do.

Pictured: Sunday and friend Itty Bitty

Read Sunday’s full story and sign up to be her Best Buddy here.

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How to treat a lamb this Australia Day

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With all the promotions linking Australia Day to lamb, we wanted to show you how we think lambs deserve to be treated. With respect and, as always, kindness.

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We absolutely, positively love lambs. Not the kind you find neatly packaged at the supermarket, but the living and feeling animals who desperately want to live, just like this cheeky little guy, Wah.

And here’s an adorable video to warm your heart this Australia Day!

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A mother’s love

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How beautiful to see a mother nurture her baby. Before arriving at Edgar’s Mission, already carrying a calf in her bulging belly, Clarabelle lived on a dairy farm. There, every baby she carried, gave birth to and nurtured would have been taken away shortly after birth so her milk could be harvested for human consumption.

Today, Clarabelle still dotes on her little one, Valentine, who is no longer so little! In a world where the natural bonds of motherhood are broken every day in the name of industry and fleeting tastes, Charabelle’s story is finally one of lasting love.

You can read their touching story and sign up to be their Best Buddy here.

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All Animals

Charity - All Animals Love and Kindness BiggerCharity is no less precious just because she was born a lamb and not a puppy, she came into this world with the same enthusiasm for life we see in all animals. In her mind, her three deformed feet were never going to hold her back and so we simply gave her the lift she needed.

See how we help Charity live the happy and enriched life all sheep deserve.

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Simone

Simone is up for the fight of her life and we are right there beside her, willing, loving and guiding her all of the way. Footnote, this clip was made yesterday however due to technical difficulties we are only able to post it for you now.

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Why wouldn’t we…

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Teddy bears and kindness

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On a day when we could not have been any busier our attention and gaze was taken by the arrival of three fragile and weak, newborn baby goats.   Whilst the road ahead will be rocky to beat their terrible start in life it will indeed be paved with sweet formula, teddy bears and kindness.  Their story coming shortly, until then it’s bottle time! Continue reading

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Blossom

Blossom

When Blossom was barely a week old she had already learnt what loneliness feels like. Alone in a paddock, her mother taken from her, it was only because of a kind-hearted stranger that Blossom found her way to a long life worth living, or possibly had any chance of life at all.

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Piglets, puppy and play!

Piglets, puppy and play! What more could you want!

 

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I’ve got to tell you about Izzy

Izzy

Izzy piggy was a young sow I meet many years ago, not long after establishing Edgar’s Mission. That she was special was something that was not lost on me and most certainly not on her human carers. Although already well into my love affair with pigs and their rich emotional world, it is to Izzy that I credit my knowledge of just how much pigs bond and, yes, love their humans.

I first came to know Izzy when her humans had a change of circumstance and sought to rehome her. She was delivered to the sanctuary by them and it was tearfully clear they loved Izzy and she too them. At first Izzy seemed a gentle sow, although a little put out by the change of scenery and its inhabitants. But what came next was a total shock as the once-friendly Izzy morphed into the Godzilla of pigs, each day becoming more and more unpredictable—save for the fact that she clearly wanted to kill me. Although still in my early days of pig whispering, I considered I knew enough about pigs to work with Izzy; I was wrong. Clearly, reading all the available literature was no match for a pig who had not. I had much to learn. Continue reading

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Ain’t no (wheat-bix) mountain high enough!

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Lo and behold, this mountain of wheat-bix is more than just a peak of delicious treats to be conquered. This is a mountain of kindness built on the soaring generosity of many. The Brown family, after booking in for a tour, asked for donations on their local Yarra Ranges noticeboard and this was the result.

We still don’t quite understand how they made the expedition – one car, one family and a mountain of wheat-bix – but so they did. Massive thank yous to the Brown family and the rest of the cohort of intrepid explorers who worked together to make this mountain of kindness.

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