A call from our friends at the RSPCA in Castlemaine to assist with an orphan lamb saw us presented with one of the saddest babies we have ever met. Even her pretty pink jacket, warm bottle and a cute as a button new friend in Little Boy Blue could not stop this wee lamb crying. Desperate were her pleas for the one thing we could never give her: her mother. Hearing the frantic bleats, and seeing her desperate pacing left no doubt in our minds that lambs form the strongest bonds with their mothers, something circumstance cannot break. One of our most heart-breaking of days was the first day with Little Girl Pink, as she cried and cried and then cried some more for the mother she would never see again. No amount of sweet milk formula nor cuddles was going to cut it for her. As the days slowly rolled on, Little Girl Pink came to terms with her situation, a stoic resolve guiding her through.
A tiny lamb suddenly appearing in the headlights of a late-night traveller was something this kind-hearted driver least expected. But sadly, this was no tiny baby who had simply lost their way, as a serious head wound told of a lucky escape from a predator, who dropped the hapless animal some distance from where he ought to be. But this is where Little Boy Blue’s luck turned from bad to bright, as he was taken home and a call hastily made to Edgar’s Mission. With the wound still fresh, several stiches were needed to close the gaping hole in the little guy’s head. Now all he needed to make his life complete was a warm bottle and snazzy jacket (resigning ourselves to the fact that, sadly, Little Boy Blue would never see his dear mum again). But with determination in our stride, compassion in our hearts and teddy bears at the ready, we have promised our new friend that we will be the best mum for him we can ever be.
Dear little Anne of Green Gables, and her ever-present smile on her sweet face, reminds us daily of the vulnerability of her kind. And also, the goodness of the human heart. From the vantage point of her country home, the feeble cries of an abandoned and newborn lamb saw our hero swing into action as night time was quickly descending and wily foxes were no doubt surveying their quarry—awaiting their time to pounce. This was most definitely a case of finding the right place at just the right time for little Anne of Green Gables.
A couple of weeks back, on a cold and bitter day, an abandoned ewe, who had been inhabiting the grassy verge of a train line, gave birth to not one but two tiny lambs on the train tracks. The terrified and confused mother, quickly fleeing, urging her babies to do so also. Yet young and weak, they could not. On seeing this happen, our brave heart knew that with the busy morning express train shortly to hurtle down that very line as it did at the same time every day, the wee lambs would surely be killed. Thinking swiftly with his feet and his heart, his single act of kindness spared the two baby lambs. With their condition critical and no colostrum in their system, time was of the essence if there was to be any chance of saving the lambs. Not long thereafter, the baby lambs were in our care as we set about a plan to return the next day and, aided by daylight and a deft team of kind crusaders, attempt to catch the terrified ewe. Although, to be honest, we doubted our chances, as we pondered whatever had happened to her to cause such fear in her heart.
If red makes cars go faster, can it make tails go faster too? Little Boy Blue would have you believe this fable is fact, but it’s not the red coat that fuels that waggling tail, it’s something deeper.
Little Boy Blue lost his mother and almost his life, but he’s still here and his love for life is plain for all to see. You can see it in the way he melts into cuddles, in the way he lays in the sun with his buddy Little Girl Pink and in the way he blissfully shakes his tail while drinking in that sweet, warm milk.
After his terrible head injury, we knew it was only right to provide Little Boy Blue with the best veterinary treatment available. So, we booked him in for a CAT scan. The results came back immediately: Little Boy Blue and Makamae are unequivocally adorable.
It seems nothing can faze Little Boy Blue, cool as a cucumber even as a curious cat cuddles. And the future has never looked brighter for this affable chap. Continue reading →
When Hansel first arrived at Edgar’s Mission, he was only a little cherub-faced sprite with knobbly knees. A bobby calf and considered no use to the dairy industry into which he was born, Hansel is truly one in millions. Now he’s flourished into a magnificent boy with a magnificent tongue. Watch as he puts it to good use capturing those delicious Wheetbix treats.
We know, it can be difficult to get going in the morning. Well Doctor Edgar’s has just the right dose of cuteness to cure that morning drag. Recently orphaned Benjamin, Princess Leia and Dominic found refuge and the care they desperately needed at Edgar’s Mission – and they also found warm bottles to guzzle with gusto. Take a look at these three tail-wagging cuties and call us in the morning.
Being presented with three barely-clinging-to-life, day-old goats was just another challenge sent our way. Recently separated from their mothers, who had been sent to slaughter, the tiny, confused and bewildered babes tried to make sense of the world. As did we. But there was little time for judgment calls as the most urgent need was tending the three orphans before us.
The defending champions take to the ring for yet another bout. Benjamin and Dominic are set to wrestle your heart away with their play antics, sweet waggly tails and all. Pay close attention to Benjamin, in the green jumper, as he positions his ears just so for every headbutt.
At the conclusion of the round it was decided everyone is a winner – the athletes succeeded in winning our hearts in a blaze of glory.
On this day one year ago a tiny goat waddled into our lives and collective hearts, and there he has remained. Despite all of his health challenges Steady Eddie continues to rock our world every day.
So it was fitting that today we got to pay the favour back, as the humans who love him most, along with many of his loyal friends, new fans and a world famous cricketer (Peter Siddle) celebrated Eddie’s first re-birthday. And hitting it for a six was the amazing degustation Eddie devoured along with some awesome cakes supplied by Mrs Monagle’s Ethical Fine Foods his human friends. Hippo birdie two ewe, little buddy <3
What does pure relief look like? Homa’s expression says it all.
Once a stud merino ram, Homa had since aged beyond his usefulness and became homeless. Finding himself at a rural pound with greatly overgrown fleece, Homa was to be given a second chance and an eccentric but essential new haircut – removing the hundreds of grass seeds forging their way through his skin.
Homa has found his way home and his welfare will never again depend upon his “usefulness” – from here on out, this dear gent’s only task is the pursuit of happiness.
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.
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.
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.
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
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What the dickens is Boots doing? When goats and other animals smell something of interest they raise their upper lip and inhale, drawing pheromones and other smells in towards the sensory neurons at the top of their mouths. It’s called the flehmen response.
May your Christmas too be kind. From Carol and her babies and our furred, feathered and fleeced family to yours, wishing you a happy and healthy festive season. We thank you for your love, support, donations and kindness in 2016! Continue reading →
While the truck driver who so callously removed the body of a newborn lamb and placed her in long grass at a wayside stop considered this tiny baby worthless, the kind-hearted human who witnessed the scene thought otherwise. And so too do we here at Edgar’s Mission.
Although in livestock transporting, heavily pregnant ewes are described as ‘unfit to load’, numerous are the instances of them being so. Herded up narrow ramps and crammed into tiered livestock trucks, many of these hapless animals are sent on the last road trip of their lives—straight to slaughterhouses. Sadly, many a terrified ewe has given birth in such inhospitable circumstances, never able to nurture her baby, and many a baby has been trampled to death. And with abattoirs unwelcoming of newborns, the situation described above is not the first of this kind. Continue reading →
Whilst the year 2 students from Ivanhoe Grammar may have been small in stature their enquiring minds were not. Having well studied all of the animals at Edgar’s Mission prior to their excursion to the Sanctuary on Thursday 20th of October, their enquiring minds showed a depth of understanding beyond their tender years. After hearing a thought provoking presentation from sanctuary Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, a fun and engaging farm tour by Kyle gave the students a chance to get up close and personal with many of the animals they had come to know and love via the internet.
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