Remember my little miracle bird that flew headfirst into a speeding car a few weeks ago? Well, I’m DELIGHTED to announce that it’s now been released. It spent a few weeks in an aviary where it flew perfectly so now it’s back in the big wide world…..whoever would have thought it eh? AMAZING!
And Missy, that naughty little micro pig has been re-homed. A lovely couple came to the farm recently looking to adopt a few chickens and they instantly fell in love with her, so they went home with a little more than they bargained for! They have lots of land so Missy can now gallop to her hearts content. How smashin’ is that!
But as fast as one animal leaves the rescue, others are sure to arrive. This wonderful sheep is the latest addition….doesn’t it have funny colouring? I think it looks more like a calf! And while I’m on the subject of sheep, haven’t they got strange eyes, I can never get used to those rectangular irises….
Along with our new sheep we recently had to take in thirty rabbits….all in one foul swoop, so now the wildlife unit is so crowded we can hardly move which is driving everyone mad, as we’re all shuffling sideways between rabbit hutches with huge bags of hay and binbags….and of course the shifts are now taking a lot longer.
Here’s another wonderful story. A few months ago a mother hedgehog came in with four tiny babies as their nest had been destroyed by builders. We were all really concerned as hedgehogs will often kill their babies if they have been interfered with, so we made a new nest which we covered and put them all in a huge cage and left them alone, and we only cleaned the outside area. Since then, we haven’t seen the babies at all, so it was very special to finally see them coming out to feed this week….and, they are really wild and hissy, so they should do well when they’re released.
I was listening to a programme on the radio recently about animal friendships. A lady was talking about how sheep in a field have their own special friends as do cows, pigs, horses, chickens, geese etc. It was lovely to hear how they remembered each other even after years of separation, and immediately bonded once put back together again. This had me thinking of the special friendships that form in the rescue.
This albino ferret is currently befriending this little lot…
And let me tell you, we call these ferrets the wild bunch as they LOVE to bite.
These three rabbits are the very best of friends so can only be rehomed together. It’s so nice seeing them all curled up together.
This is an unusual bunch of pals….there are four quails sharing a space with about fifty cockatiels and a couple of rabbits and there’s NEVER a cross word.
And amongst this lot is a single budgie who refuses to live with other budgies but loves cockatiels.
And here she is…..she cuddles up to a different cockatiel each night.
Now, while I’m on the subject of birds, I’ll tell you a story about our three love birds. The other day I was cleaning out their living quarters and suddenly tripped and fell, making a right old racket in the process. The love birds immediately took exception to the crashing about and started SCREAMING…..I have never heard such a blood curdling sound in my born days, it was SO chilling!!!! Immediately all the other birds, about two hundred or so kicked off too. It was so eerie! Obviously something about the love bird’s alarm call drives other birds crazy, now I completely understand why Hitchcock used them in his film, The birds. I bet he had a pair….
And talking of friendships….Sam and Annie certainly have a strong one. Sam being the menace he is has now discovered that clean laundry can be good fun…..I keep finding holes in all sorts of things!
And finally…..I’ve been thinking of different options for Herbie’s winter hibernation. Last year he spent the winter in a crate indoors which I didn’t really like, but I couldn’t leave him out in the rabbit hutch as he would get too cold as he can’t curl up properly. I had myself a brainwave….drum roll please…
I cleared out the greenhouse, laid some turf over the concrete flags and popped the hedgehog house he escaped to in there…..and he loves it! He’s been coming out of his house, eating his meals and going back in really well. Now, if we get a mild spell during winter he can come out and potter around and feast on the slugs that seem to breed in there!!!! Result!