Roddie the Scottish Highland steer came to live at Big Ears in April 2015. He had been raised from a calf but when he got bigger he was in put in a paddock on his own. Cows live together in herds as they are prey animals and the herd provides them with protection. As Roddie had no herd he was always scared and kept to the corner of his paddock. When he matured he would get so scared he would run through fences and end up on neighbouring farms. Because of his habit of escaping Roddie needed a new home and Big Ears provided one.
On the day Roddie arrived at Big Ears all our other cows formed a circle around him. Roddie walked into the centre of the circle, laid himself down and proceeded to sleep, feeling for the first time safe because he was protected by the herd.
Roddie has fit right in with the Big Ears herd and he is loving being part of a group. As the largest and oldest steer he has won the hearts of the girls and the admiration of the boys.
Frappe arrived at the Sanctuary in March 2015 after the passing of our dear boy Lucas-Bear (also a german shepherd). Jacqui decided she needed to focus her grief on something positive. After contacting GSD rescue beautiful 9.5 year old Frappe was on a plane and being sent to us. Frappe’s owner had passed away and the owner’s family surrendered him to the RSPCA. Older dogs generally find it harder to get a new home. Frappe has settled in beautifully after a few mishaps with his fence jumping which has now been rectified with a fence so high even Frappe can’t jump it.
Frappe just loves the buggy and any chance he gets he rides around the farm in it.
Basil the Sheep (RIP)
Basil the Sheep (RIP)
Basil came to live at the Sanctuary after he became too dangerous for his elderly owners to handle. He had started knocking them over.
Basil is a lovely boy, full of attitude. He currently lives with 2 other new arrivals and is enjoying their company.
Basil is a breed of sheep called Wiltipole, they shed their wool and do not need shearing. Having said this, they still need to be drenched and have their feet trimmed etc.
Cinnamon the female pig came to live at Big ears in April 2015 with her friend Cocoa. They needed a new home as their human had passed away and they no longer had any food.
Louise the mini pony arrived at Big Ears in April 2014 after her human mother passed away and Louise and her friends needed to find somewhere to live where they could all be together. Louise required some intensive hoof trimming and care when she first arrived due to her human being ill for such a long time and unable to care for her animals.