Jellybean was located on the side of the road on the Midlands Highway in September 2016. He was orphaned from his mother and was approx. 1 day old. The person who located him knocked on the farmers door and informed him of the lamb, but was told to take him as the farmer had too many lambs to deal with.
Jellybean came to the Sanctuary where he was very ill for some time due to not getting the colostrum from his mother. He was on antibiotics and electrolytes and cared for intensively by Big Ears volunteers Ros and Holly who nursed him back to health.
On the 26th December 2016, Jellybean sadly passed away after becoming sick on Christmas Eve.
Captain Crunch RIP
Captain Crunch RIP
Freight Connections Burnie – expires 01/03/2017
Blindy has lived at the Sanctuary for a number of years now. As her name suggests, Blindy is vision impaired and she relies on her best friend and seeing eye sheep Diva, to help her keep up with the flock and to find the hay.
Sadly Blindy passed away on the 12th December 2015. She was put to sleep at the vets after her breathing became laboured as a result of a respiratory infection.
Jacqui found Gorky walking along the road in 2010. He did not have many feathers and appeared to still be a youngster. Upon a trip to the vet we learned through a blood test that Gorky suffers from “Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease”. This virus is largely a death sentence and in its acute form the bird can die very quickly, in the chronic form, which Gorky has, he will slowly lose all his feathers and perhaps part of his beak. It is also likely that a bird with disease will die of other illnesses or infections due to a compromised immune system. Basically Gorky may have 12 months or less with us. He lives inside and is kept warm. He is quickly losing more feathers as can be seen below.
Despite this, Gorky loves life. He loves cuddles and kisses and his neck scratched. Due to other birds that call the sanctuary home, Gorky is kept separate to the others and a strict hygiene regime is adhered to. This disease can be spread through the birds feathers and faeces and can remain an active virus in nest hollows/boxes etc for a long period of time. In captivity it is important to make sure that good hygiene is practiced for all birds with clean cages and nesting boxes important for general bird health. There are many sites on the internet that can provide further information.
Introducing and welcoming Prudence the pig to Big Ears. Prudence sailed in on the 25th August 2015 on the ferry from Flinders Island. She has previously been a breeding sow with all of her children taken away to market. Her owner grew attached to Prudence and with her humans failing health, she tried locally to find her a new home but was unsuccessful.
The owner contacted Big Ears almost 8 months ago. As we had to rely on the tides as to when the ferry could come in, and Prudence’s willingness (or lack of) to hop in her float, it has taken a few goes to get Prudence here.
So here she is, she has moved in with Fonzy, Cinny and Piglet and so far they are still sorting things out.
Wildfire was a beautiful gelded pinto pony that came to the sanctuary in July 2009. Wildfire came to the sanctuary with his paddock companion Molly as their human owners seperated. When Wildfire arrived he was already 21 years old. Wildfire was the paddock boss and was known for his pushy ways of getting a pat and keeping the other ponies in order.
He was good with the farrier and vets but was prone to flatulence at inappropriate times which always gave those around him a good laugh.
Wildfire passed away on the 15th June 2015 at the age of 27. He went peacefully with the help of the vet whilst laying in Jacqui’s arms.