It’s been a funny old week with a few surprises thrown in, but before I come to them, I have a few tales I’d like to tell you.
A couple brought two birds into the rescue a few days ago and told us the following story. Apparently they have two broody old hens who no longer lay eggs and instead have taken to sitting on stones. Their neighbour, a farmer, asked them if they would like a couple of chicken eggs for the hens to sit on, which they gladly accepted. Well, the broody old hens were thrilled and sat dutifully on their respective eggs until they hatched…..
And out popped a couple of turkeys! Lucky escape for them this Christmas eh?
They’ve settled in wonderfully.
Now, y’see this hamster? Well, a woman came in looking to adopt a hamster so had a hold of this one, which promptly bit her. Instead of complaining the woman merely looked at it and said, “So, the red eye shows it’s dark side then?” and adopted it anyway. I’ll miss this little guy as she’s such a character.She’s been pulling the wool over our eyes for months. Every time we feed her she piles the entire bowl of food into her cheeks and creeps off and then spits it all out in her nest. Then another member of staff trots along and fills up the bowl again thinking someone has forgotten to feed her! Just look at the size of her cheeks in this pic…..two bowls of food in there!
This week eleven gerbils were brought in. A guy with severe learning disabilities had bought a pair of them in a pet shop and of course they immediately began to multiply. One gave birth the day it came in so now we have fourteen, and it’s likely that all the other females are pregnant, so we’ll probably end up with about thirty. I simply cannot understand why anyone would sell an animal to somebody who is clearly unable to care for it….some pet shops are totally unscrupulous….
It’s also that time of the year when people start to dump their pets, so many animals are abandoned at Christmas. A few days ago somebody threw two dogs over the back fence, into the farm. Fortunately all the farm birds were secure for the night, but sadly, the sheep weren’t. One of the dogs attacked the Jacobs sheep and could have killed it but luckily a member of staff called in late and heard the ruckus. The outcome here could have been so much worse, some of the pigs are huge and could easily kill a dog, or the dogs could have broken a leg in the fall. I shudder to think what could have happened to the geese, chickens etc if the dogs had got in their pens.Last year somebody threw a pregnant whippet over the wall and that dog did break it’s leg. I don’t understand the mentality of these people at all….
Right….now I’ve shown you the gerbil babies, I’d love to show you some pics of the mice nurseries I’ve been telling you about. I came across a nest this week with babies of all sorts of ages in it…unbloomingbelievable!!! Whizz past these pics if you get all shuddery…..apologies again, lol, and I PROMISE, no more mouse pics, well……until I start the big clean up!
Seriously….look at the pinkies on the bottom right and the SIZE of the babies on the top!!!
This is the new nest I made, can you see the little pinkies underneath the ones just starting to get their fur? I must have put thirty mice back in the new nest…the bigger ones were running all over the place, but I did manage to catch them all in the end.
Ahhh…yes….now for the SURPRISES!!! I’ve had a permanent grin on my face this week. Yesterday, I received a most UNEXPECTED gift, I came in from the cold and found a mysterious parcel waiting for me, and when I tore it open I found this delightful little bracelet from Nikkipolani I was enchanted. I’d complained about being a Christmas humbug in my last post, and now Anne had sent me a humbug bracelet …laughed out loud I did!!!! What a TREAT! Thanks SO much Anne!!!! I still can’t stop smiling!
And on top of this Glo wrote a simply wonderful poem about my last post. It’s all about the hedgehog woman, actually Glo, I always come in covered in straw and shredded paper, hubs is forever plucking hay from my hair!!! I must say I howled laughing reading it, and loved the little graphics added to the lounge image….I have printed it off and shall pull it out each year with my Christmas decorations!!! So, with so much to smile about, how can I remain a humbug…..I simply HAD to get the deccies out…..
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas….
The kitchen is twinkling…
As is the dining room….and I’ve even bought the odd present…..
Y’see how you’ve inspired me gals?????