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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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 Little Squeak and Pig Tails are going in their new forever home.

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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 Roger, Kid Rock, Daisy, Marigold, Snow Bunny, Ink Blot and Jimminy Cricket are going in their new forever home. 

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Where Are They Now – Addington, Blueberry, Tutti Fruti and Apple Blossom

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 Addington, Blueberry, Tutti Fruti and Apple Blossom are going in their new forever home.

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Where Are They Now – Mr Wizard, The Professor and Lady Penelope

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 Mr Wizard, The Professor and Lady Penelope are going in their new forever home.

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Where Are They Now – Lolly

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 Yolanda-Sally Pumpernickel Jewell is doing in her new forever home.

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Where Are They Now – Thelma & Louise

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 Thelma and Lousie are doing in their new forever home.

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Where Are They Now – Tinsel

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 Tinsel is going in her new forever home.

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Where Are They Now – Batman and Robyn

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 Batman and Robyn are going in their new forever home.

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Where are they now – Marley

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A letter from Marley Pig:

“Hello My Special Friend,

Hi Pam, it’s Marley. Thought I’d best send you a quick line to let you know how I’m going at Maggie’s. I have settled in very well. I have made really good friends with Winston. He tells me I have been his only friend as the other pigs don’t like him much and boss him around. I’m very proud to be his friend and he is very gentle. Wally is the boss pig here and I thought he might like me as a girlfriend but he’s a bit grumpy and he chases me sometimes…so I hang around with Winston. Continue reading

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Where are they now – Roz, Burke, Wills and Rambo

Every month we’ll 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.

It always warms our hearts to hear how our former residents are settling in to their new abodes and causing their new families to wonder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. If you’ve never had the honour of spending time with a barnyard friend, you may be surprised by the love, friendship and fun they add to your life.

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“The boys and lady are all doing well. They are very spoilt and very loved. Rambo in particular loves a cuddle. And Wills thinks he is a dog. He loves to jump up on the fence to collect his weetbix. Roz is still the most timid (she escaped the bushfires) even though we have had her the longest. Makes me wonder how badly she has been treated in her past. At least they all have a beautiful life now on our little Warrenheip farm.” – Zeta

If you also have the love, commitment, space and more to welcome new animal family members into your world, please take a look at our adoption page.

 

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Where are they now

Every month we’ll 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.

Where are they now

It always warms our hearts to hear how our former residents are settling in to their new abodes and causing their new families to wonder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. If you’ve never had the honour of spending time with a barnyard friend, you may be surprised by the love, friendship and fun they add to your life. Continue reading

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Where are they now – Patrick Swayze

Every month we’ll 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.

It always warms our hearts to hear how our former residents are settling in to their new abodes and causing their new families to wonder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. If you’ve never had the honour of spending time with a barnyard friend, you may be surprised by the love, friendship and fun they add to your life.

Patrick Swayze

My name is Cathy and I live in Greenhill on a small property housing several people, some sheep, their alpaca and, up until a short time ago, one very lonely, 15 year old Shetland mare call Shadey. We’d had Shadey with us for around 5 years, taking her in to help out her elderly owner, and gave her a home here. She initially had 2 other horses for company but one went home and the other passed away. Shadey was left without company and subsequently spent her days moping about the paddock, on an eternal diet, battling arthritis and ongoing laminitis. She was not a happy camper and just seemed to ooze lonliness and lay around a lot. Continue reading

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Where Are They Now – Winnie

Every month we’ll 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.

It always warms our hearts to hear how our former residents are settling in to their new abodes and causing their new families to wonder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. If you’ve never had the honour of spending time with a barnyard friend, you may be surprised by the love, friendship and fun they add to your life. Continue reading

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Where are they now – Clark Kent and co

Every month we’ll 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.

It always warms our hearts to hear how our former residents are settling in to their new abodes and causing their new families to wonder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. If you’ve never had the honour of spending time with a barnyard friend, you may be surprised by the love, friendship and fun they add to your life.

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“Hello all you wonderful people at Edgar’s Mission. Just an update on how our beautiful animals are going since they joined our family from your mission six months ago. First of all the sheep. Clarke Kent is a real character and despite sometimes showing signs of being as mad as a hatter, other times he is an affectionate darling. He believes he is the king but actually he is the court jester. Greg is the king Continue reading

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Where are they now – Peaches, Melba, Betty, Betsy, Barbara, Blondie, Curly and Little John

Friends come in all shapes and sizes and Katherine, the latest addition to our Edgar’s Mission extended family, is discovering that those ‘shapes’ include pigs and goats after adopting rescued Betty, Betsy, Barbara, Blondie, Curly and Little John as well as Peaches and Melba from Edgar’s Mission. As always, it warms our hearts to hear stories of our former residents settling in to their new homes and causing their new families to ponder just how life existed before they shared their world with a farm animal. But we think Katherine says it best when she told us, “No book, no research on the internet, could possibly prepare me for the love and friendship I have found with my new family members. Sharing your life with a goat (or six!) or a pig will enrich every day in ways that you may not have imagined.” And Katherine, we cannot imagine a better outcome for our dear animal friends. Read on to hear more about how Katherine’s new animal family have changed her world for the better and if you too have the commitment, love, space and more to welcome a rescued Edgar’s Mission resident into your home, head on over to our adoption page to find out more about our adoption program.

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Imagine my excitement when I learned that I was to become “mum” to 6 goats; Betty, Betsy, Barbara, Blondie, Curly and Little John and two pigs; Peaches and Melba. Little did I realise how my new family members would become such an important part of my life! Of course I did all the research on dietary requirements, environmental needs, hoof care – yes I was an expert. I knew my Barley from Oaten Chaff, the percentage of dolomite and seawood extract to add to feed, food to avoid. Fences were completed, shelters were built. I was ready.

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What I wasn’t prepared for, was the companionship – the sheer joy of skipping across new grass, the simple delight in a tummy rub. No book, no research on the internet, could possibly prepare me for the love and friendship I have found with my new family members. Continue reading

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Where are they now – Poppy

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Dear little Poppy pig certainly landed on her trotters when she made her way to Edgar’s Mission. Escaping her preordained fate of ending up on someone’s dinner plate, not only has Poppy recovered from her sad and heartbreaking mistrust of humans, she has moved on to become one of the ‘super stars’ of our rehoming program, lighting up the life of her new family and causing them to collectively scratch their heads as to just what their lives were like prior to her arrival.

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Poppy’s adopted mum Tabatha writes, “Poppy  has settled into the family well. She loves having her belly rubbed and going for walks. She’s always making us laugh as she loves to get up to mischief and be involved in everything we are doing. Poppy has just started swimming in the dam with the dogs. She is very smart and is learning heaps of things like walking with the lead and almost can sit for her dinner but she loves her food so sometimes doesn’t use her manners. We wanted to get another pig as a friend for my boy Theo so when we saw Edgar’s Mission were looking to rehome some pigs we thought this would be a perfect opportunity. Poppy and Theo are only talking through the fence at the moment until they get used to each other but it won’t be long until they are the best of friends. I would like to thank Edgar’s Mission for all the fantastic work they do and for giving us the opportunity to adopt Poppy. I love her so much.”  Continue reading

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Vic and Julian

“On the 5th of October 2013 our lives changed forever…..

We were lucky enough to adopt the famous Peter Pan and Tinkerbell from Edgar’s Mission. Most of you will know them as the stars of “Lamb Lamb Style”.Every morning I would stumble through the kitchen to be greeted by Tinkerbell’s face pressed up against the glass telling me in no uncertain terms it was breakfast time. She loves to have the sides of her face scratched and Peter Pan loves having his chest rubbed (but only from Dad!! Mum does it all wrong!!) We were in love.

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You’ve got mail Leon Trotsky!!!

Leon Christmas

With love and good cheer from your buddy Marissa!! How cool is this, little Leon (well he may not be quite so little these days but he is certainly still cute) shared his spoils with his buddy Thumbelina. Please let us below how you shared your kindness this Christmas.

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1 year on – Jessica Kitten

On this day….

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On the 21st of November 2013 a tiny bundle of fur fell into our lives, we named this creature Jessica Kitten and we were smitten. Each day has been filled with love, laughter and much cardboard chewing (yes Jessica, not Pam has a cardboard fetish).

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Whilst every day with this tabby, purring, oh so soft little waif has been a joy to behold, we perish the thought of what would have become of Jessica had she not taken a tumble down that chimney.

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Did you know that female cats could have up to three litters of around six kittens each year? What is more staggering is that over the course of her breeding life a female cat (and her offspring) may be responsible for 420,000 kittens!!! For their sake, your sake and the sake of the environment please desexed your cat and remember adopt don’t shop.

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I’ll catch you later.

Ill catch ya later

Nigel has always been a challenge. For him there were only two ways of doing things – his way and the highway. But it is to him that I owe a debt of gratitude. Nigel- my teacher, my friend, my horse. From the first moment my eyes caught his gaze, I was enraptured by his embodiment of strength, nobility and freedom. From the little wide-eyed horse-loving girl with the ponytail I once was, Nigel was everything I had ever dreamed of and more, although I could well have done without his wicked ways! But then that is what made him special. A failed racehorse, a headstrong mount and soon to be a lifelong companion was Nigel.

I remember well the daily ritual Nigel would put me through, as I would attempt to catch him. He would walk toward me in the paddock, then just as I was about to quietly slip his headstall around his magnificent neck he would slowly and nonchalantly turn away, his walk would quicken into a trot and he was off. This game of cat and mouse would continue until I would say, “Ok, I’m off now, I’ll catch you later.” Then it became my turn to walk away only to soon feel Nigel’s sweet breath and hairy nostrils caress the back of my neck. Game over.

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Things Change

Things Change

Rambo Sheep first stamped his hoof at Edgar’s Mission several years ago now- a once cute orphan little lamb who had been lovingly, albeit naively, bottle reared by a young  family.  But a wee cute little lamb he was no more, having morphed into a testosterone-charged pubescent young ram, complete with all the trappings.  However with the family’s change in circumstance, read divorce, neither party wished to retain ‘custody’ of now wayward Rambo, who had been reduced to a life on a tether to rein in his rambunctious and ‘ram’ like behaviour.  That the family did love Rambo was not in question, it was however his behaviour they did not.  Ask anyone ‘off the land’ and they will quickly and gruffly tell you that there are few more dangerous animals on a farm than a bottle reared ram.  And there is good reason for this.

Despite the family’s kind intentions to not cause pain to their beloved lamb, he was never castrated. However in doing so, Rambo was consigned to a far worse fate and human safety was put in jeopardy.  Young lambs, like all avian and mammalian newborns, are pre-programmed to imprint on their ‘mother’.   Imprinting occurs post birth and provides the animals with their identity, along with survival skills but moreover it shapes their future breeding activities. Whilst humans can and often do perform the role of surrogate mother quite admirably, in the case of uncastrated males, they will come to see humans as their co-equivalents and once they reach sexual maturity this is fraught  with disaster.  Rambo’s situation is a case in point, with his classic display of misdirected attraction along with his bouts of aggression towards humans.

Whilst Rambo’s previous family’s concern for his welfare was well founded in that the traditional method of castration for a ‘farm’ animal is by way of a tight rubber ring around the animal’s testicles. And yes, this would have no doubt have caused great pain to their beloved little lamb. Yet a change in their way of thinking, from ‘farm animal’ to ‘family pet’, could have provided a much kinder, less stressful and relatively pain free method of castration, not dissimilar to that afforded domestic cats and dogs.  This is the method for which we insist for all the castrations here at Edgar’s Mission and indeed for all farm animals.  In fact, a change in the way many people view sheep will see these once considered dim witted animals as anything but.

Keith Kendrick, professor of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience at the Babraham Institute near Cambridge, UK found that sheep have the same specialised parts of the brain as humans to help them recognise and remember faces.  In fact sheep are able to recognise and remember the faces of at least 50 of their buddies even after a period of two years.  And sheep are able to read and react to facial expressions of both humans and other sheep.  In separate studies by scientists at the University of Cambridge, sheep have performed at levels similar to monkeys and even humans.

And it seems sheep have been shown to problem solve as was displayed by a group of sheep in West Yorkshire, UK, where in order to reach greener pastures that were steeled away on the other side of a cattle grid, the intrepid sheep rolled onto their backs and propelled themselves across the grid.  Not only this, sheep have been shown to self-medicate by selecting which plants to each to overcome their ills.

Whilst I am always loathe to use intelligence as a measure of cause for compassion (as if this were the case, a lot of we humans could well be in trouble) I truly believe that if anyone spent time, one on one with a sheep, divorced of any of society’s preconceived ideas of them, they would certainly walk away with a different point of view. They too would find sheep are more like us than previously thought, as found by Professor John Webster of the University of Bristol. Through Professor Webster’s studies, it was validated that sheep experience and visibly express emotions. And we here at Edgar’s Mission can confirm that sheep are intelligent, sensitive and gentle animals, who learn and respond to their names and form strong bonds with their buddies.

And what of dear Rambo today?  Surprisingly he too has had a change of heart.  Upon arrival at the sanctuary, dear Rambo did not take long to remind us of the dangers of bottle reared rams as he would take several paces in reverse, crane his neck back, stamp his foot and ‘ta da da da’ charge.  Alas, for the safety of humans (and to spare Rambo being placed on the register of naughty sheep) he was consigned to the back paddock were human activity was restricted.  But the February fires changed all this and more.  As part of our fire survival ‘stay and defend’ plan Rambo, along with our entire flock of sheep, cows, alpacas and pigs was herded into our prepared fire shelter paddock alongside the house. For several smoky days and long sleepless nights, this Noah’s Ark of animals stayed, slept and were fed. Having to learn to get along and cope with the inhospitable conditions life had dealt was their lot.  Once the danger had passed, the animals were ushered back to their homes and life returned slowly to some semblance of normal. But something changed for Rambo, he never made it back to his ‘time out paddock’ as he decided instead to wander the farm at his leisure.  Over the ensuing days, each member of our team was to comment, “Have you noticed Rambo?”  At first we couldn’t quite put our finger on it but as the weeks rolled on, the angry and recalcitrant sheep who was once Rambo had gone and in his place was a friendly big almost goofy like guy who just liked to hang out with us for a pat and wheetbix treat.  Whatever caused this personality changing transformation we do not know but we are certainly most pleased with the loveable Rambo we see today.

So I guess the take home message of this story is that things change, so do sheep, along with our perception of them (given the chance).

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Blossom

Blossom and Ash

Blossom (verb):
to change, grow, and develop fully, to come into one’s own.

And what a fitting name to be bestowed upon a once tiny, fragile and lonely week old orphan calf who has today grown into a healthy, confident and gentle young heifer before our eyes. Entering both our world and our collective hearts just over 15 months ago, today it is almost impossible to reconcile the image of our Blossom now with the little calf lost that she once was. But no matter how many days pass us by, it is Blossom’s heartbreaking and tragic story, along with the memory of her looking up at us on that first day with those enormous big brown eyes, innocently seeming to ask, “Where’s my mummy?” that will remain with us always. You see, at just days old, dear Blossom found herself in the wrong place at the right time – a dire situation that eventually proved to be her saving grace. Lying out in a paddock all on her own, as temperatures soared and dehydration set in, it was a Good Samaritan who stumbled upon the abandoned calf and decided to take action. Determined to not bear witness to the painfully slow death of an innocent creature, a call was made to the farmer. “You can have ‘er, she’s no use to me,” came the gruff reply. Bundling up the precious brown and white girl who still smelled of her mother’s milk, Blossom was Edgar’s Mission bound and the rest, as they say, is history!

Back to the present day and dear Blossom has most certainly come into her own; making the very most of her second chance at life. A special bond has formed between her and our dear bushfire survivor Ash, another ‘beef’ calf who had found himself alone and confused after his mother and the remainder of her herd had been trucked off. Whether it is their shared experiences that have drawn them together or the scientific fact that tells us cows do indeed from strong and meaningful relationships, we cannot be sure, but one thing is for certain on this Where Are They Now Wednesday – Blossom and Ash will never be alone, lost or forgotten ever again.

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single trotter step….

Leon Trotsky

With the sage advice of an ancient philosopher ringing in our ears, we slowly released our grip on dear little Leon Trotsky’s sides and off the dear chap waddled with all the gusto a defiant little piglet could muster. Grunting happy little piggy grunts of delight, Leon marched across the grass, forthright, brave and very much alive (the latter being something that would never have been possible if not for the goodness of the human heart). Being born a ‘farm pig’ Leon was up against it from the start, but having his injured mother fall on him, crushing both his left and right hind limbs, his number was pretty much up. But this was in fact to prove Leon’s luckiest break. Learning of the plucky piglet’s plight, a kindly neighbour intervened to help save Leon.

Leon’s road to recovery has been fuelled by both love and innovation, strengthened by the resolve of one little piglet to never ever give up. Whilst his wheelchair gave him the means to move about and to help his body grow, it also provided relief for his injured limbs, allowing the soft, immature bones to readjust themselves, heal and knit together. With still more veterinary check-ups scheduled along the way to monitor Leon’s progress, the little guy is giving us a trotters up that all is going well so far.

And so, whenever you begin to think that the task before you is too hard or daunting, when you think the odds are stacked against you, think of dear little Leon Trotsky, a tiny piglet who beat the odds and flew into the hearts of millions around the globe! And remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single trotter step…

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A labour of love

Melody

It is now almost six weeks since dear Melody came into our lives and tugged at our heart strings like no other. Stoically she tried to stand on legs that begged to rest, having survived the firestorm that embraced Willowmavin and surrounding districts on February 9th. The fireball that she had become as she raced in terror, fuelled by the smell of her burning fleece and the melting of her flesh, now a distant memory. Since that very first day we have worked around the clock in support of Melody’s resolve not to become another statistic. Tenderly and skilfully twice daily we have dressed her burnt skin and painful as it was Melody was possessed by a sixth sense that told her we were on her side and so she stood while the words ‘Melody you are so brave’ were whispered in her ear. The huge scab that once claimed her stomach as its own, sinks ever more each day aided by healing salve and gentle hands. Heart-warming now are the moments as the look of fear in her eyes has been replaced by a quizzical head tilt and considered lick of her lips as a thought bubble emerges ‘now where’s my wheetbix treat?’ Oh Melody we love you- once you see animals like this dear girl for the sentient beings they are, creatures who feel pain and fear, joy and happiness, you can never ‘unsee’ them again. Thank you to everyone who has been sending Melody your good wishes, we know she heard you.

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Where Are They Now – Tina Turner

Tina Turner

It was just over nine months ago that she rocked on into our world, however it is safe to say that in this time, life as she knows it has changed a whole lot for our Teeny Tiny Tina Turner. Breaking our hearts as one of the tiniest battery hens we have ever seen, it was during our rescue on the 8th of June 2013 that we first ever laid eyes on her. Thin, featherless and frail in appearance, it was with gentle hands that we tenderly lifted this dear soul from within the cage which had confined her for 18 long months. However what we never expected was her feisty fight for life, her beak which pecked away at the hands that cradled her and her voice that shrieked and left our ears almost ringing. But it was exactly this spunk and obvious desire to live that so endeared her to us and saw her stamp firm her place in our hearts.

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Where are they now Wednesday – Family Reunion!

You may recall young Petal, a member of our Broiler Clan who arrived at Edgar’s Mission earlier this this year. Petal, a then 5 week old broiler (or meat) chicken, was not as bright or as able as her buddies and had moved in with Pepper, a blind rescued battery hen, in order to give her the time and space she required to overcome her ails. Sadly, due to the many health issues that plague these Frankenstein-esque creatures, not all of the broiler clan are here with us today, having left this world for a place we can only hope is far kinder to them. However, somewhat mending our troubled hearts is the fact that her months of convalescence and TLC have seen Petal regain her vigour and, showing a desire to venture out further into the world, it was a much stronger and much more spirited Petal who was recently reunited with her Broiler Clan, consisting of the shy and subdued Lily, the boisterous Rose and the amicable Poppy, Rain and Daisy. At around nine months of age, Petal has already experienced a much longer life than the mere 5-7 weeks the factory farmed life had predetermined. And although we experience sadness in knowing that Petal’s life will likely not be a long one, given the abnormal burden her body is forced to bear, it brings great joy to our hearts to witness her merrily scratching in the lush green grasses, dustbathing to her heart’s content and exploring new and exciting frontiers alongside her equally lucky friends here at Edgar’s Mission. So on this Where are They Now Wednesday, we take great joy in sharing with you the story of Petal and her Broiler Clan and invite you to celebrate with us this family reunion like no other!

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Where Are They Now Wednesday – Melvin

It was almost 18 months ago when he first arrived through our sanctuary gates; the small waiflike young wether, who had been left for dead in a ditch amongst the lifeless bodies of his companions. A council worker on the roadside had stumbled upon the grisly scene and after a moment of hope in which he thought he saw one of the bodies move, reality soon set in as he accepted that this was not a scene from which redemption would prevail. As the worker’s heart fell and, deflated, he prepared to leave, an ever- so faint, “Baa,” carried through the breeze and caused him to stop and take a second look. And there, among the motionless mound lay a sight that would stir his soul- a young sheep who was to be named Melvin, so malnourished and dehydrated, the only movement he could muster was to slightly lift his head.  “I couldn’t leave the little blighter there could I?” Melvin’s saviour was later to tell us but he did more than just care. The worker bundled Melvin up and took him home where he and his family nursed their fragile patient through his ailments, offering physiotherapy, nourishing him through a glucose- filled syringe and the manual feeding of grass and then fashioning a sling that taught Melvin to walk again. They lavished love and kindness upon him and eventually, Melvin began to respond. He became a member of the family, loved by all and affectionately known as, “Matey”. But it soon became clear that theirs was not a yard suited to a sheep and that, with their heroic efforts a success, a new home was required for their much- loved new friend. But what kind of place would provide lifelong love and care to a sheep who had braved the ultimate battle? Continue reading

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They Say Good Things Come in Small Packages…

And oh what a good thing the arrival of Destiny was! One year ago today, our dear little Jessie, the once runaway young miniature horse, brought joy to all of our hearts as, early one morning, she delivered a healthy young foal into the sanctuary of Edgar’s Mission. You see, named after the infamous ‘Jesse James’ our Jessie had earned herself quite a reputation as she eluded capture for quite some time after escaping from the property of her horse breeding ‘owners’. With a history that had taught her humans were not a species to be trusted, it took some effort to finally rein Jessie in and to then teach her the way of kindness. After some time in our care, it became apparent that Jessie’s rescue had saved not just one but two lives and we eagerly awaited the arrival of her ‘miracle’ baby. As we witnessed Jessie’s young foal take her first steps into a world where she will only ever know safety, kindness and love of the truest kind, we realised there was only one name for her – Destiny. Continue reading

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Dancing Gretel

“As I peered into the horse float transporting them to the safety of Edgar’s Mission, it came to me; there before me curled up in the straw were Hansel and Gretel, two little lost children making their way home.”

These were the words I penned on the 11th of January 2010 after making the trip to save yet another two young calves whose time on this earth was to be no more. And although each life is as precious as the next, the helpless black waif of a calf that I rescued that day had a story like no other. Born with only three legs, dear Gretel touched the heart of the farmer as she struggled to keep up with the herd. However, it was this very disability that was to save her life, and so the call was made to Edgar’s Mission to see if there was a possibility that the imitable young three legged calf could have a chance at a life worth living.

Now three and a half years on, oh what a life she leads! With her pal Hansel still by her side, Gretel has not a care in the world, with regular veterinary treatment and specialist hoof care keeping her as comfortable and as nimble as ever, as I hope you will enjoy seeing for yourself in this short clip! And I am sure you will agree that the once wayward young souls are most certainly lost no more.

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