Touching Hearts

Timmy

Little did we know nine years ago when a wee lamb gambolled into our lives he would go on to touch the hearts and change the minds of people around the globe.  Happy Arrival Day Timmy, we are blessed to have you in our world.

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Global Day of Action – August 29th.

Animals Are Not Freight 

On the 29th of August 1996, 67,488 sheep set sail from Australia to the Middle East as part of the live export trade aboard the cargo vessel the MV Uniceb.  What followed is the world’s worst live export disaster as the ship caught fire and all 67, 488 tightly packed sheep perished, either burning to death or drowning.  Having been abandoned by those charged with their care the hapless animals had no chance.  Today, 20 years on, we join Compassion in World Farming’s #AnimalsAreNotFreight global day of action.  Continue reading

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Something about Harry

Just after the filming of Charlotte’s Web, when the executive producer of the film, Bernie Williams, was celebrating the fact that all of the piglets made famous by the movie had found loving homes throughout Australia, he was struck by the fate of the sow who played the mother of Wilbur. What had become of her? Sent back to the factory farm from which she had come, and at the end of her productive life (around five years of age), her fate was grim. But Bernie would have none of that: “We’ve got to save her, we’ve got to go back to the farm and save that pig”. “That pig” found sanctuary at Edgar’s Mission, where she lived a long, happy and love-filled life under the name of Alice. Rescuing the gentle sow brought hope that dreams really can come true if you believe a kinder world for animals is possible.

That story came to mind just last week as I was in the veterinary clinic with little Harry. While little Harry, who had famously pulled through his surgery, was centre stage in everyone’s thoughts, I wondered about his dear mum, who was no doubt distraught about losing her baby. “We have to save her, too,” l thought—but would it even be possible and would she still recognise her baby after the long period of separation and all the new smells that had engulfed him?

What came next will truly touch your heart, as it did ours …

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Prince Harry—the King of Hearts

Harry

On Sunday 21 August, little Harry Lamb came into our lives. This week-old wee fellow presented us with a challenge like no other. Despite being pitifully thin, with his spine forming a sharp ridge running the length of his back, his belly was grossly and abnormally engorged. We had learned that the Victorian farmer who was charged with Harry and his mum’s care had noticed Harry wasn’t putting on weight as any healthy young lamb should, so Harry and his mum were shedded for extra feeding and to keep a firm eye on the two. On closer inspection—and due to Harry’s condition deteriorating, despite all the extra care—the problem became painfully obvious. Harry had been born without an anus; a condition that is known as atresia ani. It is a congenital condition where the membrane separating the rectum and anus fails to rupture. To put it simply, Harry had been unable to poop since birth, leading to a massive build-up of gas and faeces inside him. Crying out in excruciating pain was Harry when he was surrendered into our care. It was one of the most heart-wrenching sights we have ever witnessed. Continue reading

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Prince Harry – the King of Hearts

There can be known doubt little Harry captivates all who come into his realm.  Watch this inspiring clip of Harry showing his appreciation to his rescuer and the amazing veterinary team who saved his life.

Heartstring warning: you’ll need tissues Continue reading

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I’ll drink to that!

Harry

Drinking on his own is little Harry, and already telling us that he will do it his way. Second to Mother Nature we know the preferred delivery of life-enhancing formula is by bottle and teat, but Harry has decided that is not for him. Lapping from a bowl will do me just fine says he. And who are we to argue? Continue reading

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Harry takes a stand!!

Harry Standing 

It was a pretty rough night for little Harry as his condition has taken a bit of a dip.  However, the brave little man has managed to stand on his own this morning.  Giving us reasons for hope is his will to live and the amazing veterinary team who are giving him every chance to do so.

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You mean the world to me…

Harry

The last words I said to little Harry as he was whisked off for life-saving surgery were “come home soon little buddy; you mean the world to me.” And it would seem that Harry, the week old lamb born without an anus, is heeding them. Continue reading

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Hang in there little Harry

Harry

As we awoke from a few hours of restless slumber this morning, a smile graced our collective faces as we heard the happy news that so too did little Harry. Making it through the night, the wee chap has proven he is indeed a fighter, having endured more than any creature his age ever should. Continue reading

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Update on Harry

Harry

9.32pm. We have just spoken with Harry’s attending surgeon who has advised the little fella has survived the extensive surgery.  This surgery was to correct his congenital birth deformity of having no functioning anus.  Whilst he is far from out of the woods and his condition remains critical he is no longer experiencing the agonising pain he was when he was surrendered into our care.  He will remain on intravenous fluids and be monitored throughout the night.  Although still fearfully weak, Harry is alive, much loved and thanks to you all has a fighting chance.

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Harry

Right now as we type little Harry is undergoing lifesaving surgery without which, he will die. Born without a functioning anus, his condition is critical. Every year Edgar’s Mission offers sanctuary, hope, and kindness to farmed animals who would have otherwise had none. Without your support, there is no chance for a brighter future for these animals. If you believe little lambs like Harry deserve a fighting chance, please support our Medical Fighting Fund today.

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Incredulous

Chicks

Incredulous is an adjective and describes a situation when one is unwilling or unable to believe something. It pretty much sums up my feelings when I first heard about the plight of male chicks in the egg industry many moons ago – innocent fluffy babies for whom there was no pardon for, for simply being born the wrong gender.

In their millions upon millions each year, I was to learn, they were ground up, gassed or stuffed live into plastic bags by the egg industry. “Surely I had read wrong”, “the figures must have been fudged”, “this was a gross exaggeration”, “there was just no way our animal loving society and our animal protection laws would allow this” – these were just some of the incredulous thoughts that sat east of my epiphany to a kinder way of living. Taking comfort, as countless other kind-hearted humans did, I stuck hard to the belief that our society would never permit the wholesale and wanton killing of baby animals, it just couldn’t happen. Or could it…

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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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Wilmington: a story of redemption

Wilmington

We have all had important teachers in our lives, ones who have guided us and inspired us. While for most people these teachers have been human, for me, animals have been my teachers. And for me, my most important teacher was a dashing, debonair, handsome, witty, wise, charismatic and incredible pig I came to love and adore, named Edgar Alan Pig.

For, let’s call her “Sally”, one of her most important teachers was a sheep named Wilmington. I’ll let “Sally” pick up the story.

“More than 20 years ago my ex and I bought a rural shop which came with a pet sheep. Her name was Wilmington, and she was a nuisance, always wanting attention that I didn’t have time to give. I had meat-eater blinkers on about her back then, as it was before I became vegetarian and stopped seeing animals as nothing more than food. My ex had a friend who suggested we let him take Wilmington away and turn her into a lot of free meals and I let it happen. It was not until I looked at the meat he gave us and contrasted it with the last time I saw her, so proud of herself for figuring out how to get the gate open—AGAIN—that I really realised what a terrible thing we had done. I couldn’t cook the meat, or eat it, and doing that to her remains one of the biggest regrets of my life to this day. Continue reading

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“So what’s in the back seat?”

Buddy

Those very words tumbled out of the mouth of a motor mechanic as he spied a small moving bundle in the back seat of a car that had just driven into his shop. As the bundle wriggled to life, it soon became apparent that it wasn’t a case of “what’s in the back seat?” but “who’s in the back seat?”—and that “who” turned out to be a tiny black lamb, cheekily popping his head up and, dare we say, sheepishly spying the world around him.

Fearing the intentions of the car’s occupants may not have been in line with the best interests of the wee one, the motor mechanic morphed into Captain Compassion and valiantly offered a kinder world for his new little buddy. Quickly realising that kinder world was not a busy car repair shop, Little Buddy was soon motoring his way to Edgar’s Mission, with a little help from his new friends, of course. Continue reading

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Do it for Tigga

Tigga

Do it for Tigga, an inconvenient life.

Today is the day when, 6 years ago, Tigga arrived at Edgar’s Mission along with his buddies Togga and Fluffy. Tigga is an endearing and handsome gent with a lot to tell the world, in the morning, in the afternoon, really any time of the day he feels like expanding his lungs and expelling that almighty crow. Continue reading

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Do it for Mon Amie

Mon Amie

Do it for Mon Amie, who had a most unnatural life.

“With what looked like seizures, little Mon Amie was left to struggle and flail about for days.” Ever heard of chicken hatching projects? Throughout Australia, eggs set to hatch in two to three days are set up in incubators at early learning centres, schools and nursing homes and onlookers wait for the chicks to emerge. Mon Amie was one of those chicks. Continue reading

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Foreign

Foreign

An eight-year-old young girl slowly opens her eyes in a bed that is not her own. Her throat parched and sore from a recent tonsillectomy, she struggles to swallow but a burning lump prevents this. Frightened and confused, she battles to take in the unfamiliar world around her that is a hospital ward. A sleeping nun sitting in the chair next to her is summoned from her slumber; this is the moment she had been waiting for. A gentle smile caresses her face as she rises, placing a cool cloth to the forehead of the child, without words she speaks a softness the young girl quickly understands: that all will be well.

Although the child welcomes the gesture, a fire still rages within her throat—in a desperate attempt to snuff it out, she mouths the words, “Water, can I please have a glass of water?”. Just one sip of water is all the salvation that is needed and the glass is returned as the comforted child lays back down and rests once more. Continue reading

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