Although the sweet little goat we have named Daisy May might not know it yet, she has arrived at one of the best places an escapee goat from an abattoir ever could.
So frightened was she that even in the confines of a highly fenced pound, it was to take the unending kindness, abundant patience and expert marksmanship of Manfred Zabinskas of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue to rein her in.
Given the human history of viewing animals as commodities, the means to capture them are often brutal in the extreme*, and frightened ones even more so, yet their reason for fleeing should capture our hearts. And squeeze them tightly as we realise that when it comes to animals, regardless of form, they treasure their lives as much as we do, and so they run from their perceived captors for the very reasons that we do.
We are confident too, that when people come to realise this, it may well change their point of view of our fellow beings with whom we share the planet.
And although the road ahead may be long, it will be paved with treats, kindness and clicker training, and we trust that Daisy May will come to see our pure hearts shine through. Already we have enlisted the help of one of the most awesome and friendly goats on the planet, the once-homeless Rasputin, to whisper in her grey fuzzy ear, “You’re safe now, you are at Edgar’s Mission”.
For in knowing animals as we do, both human and non-human, we more than appreciate that we all are shaped by our experiences, yet beneath our skin we are kin. And all we want is a place to safely call home sweet home.
And although our new friend may not know she has found it just yet, we most certainly do.
*Rangeland goats such as Daisy May are often rounded up from the air by noisy helicopters or light aircraft, or pursued on the ground by terrifying all-terrain vehicles, motor bikes, barking dogs and horseback riders. Family groups can become separated as bodies are flooded with adrenaline, and the young and frail can be trampled.
Little did we know, on the first night we met Soldier, that the inky darkness of the sky above was to be foreboding of her fate. She, patiently waiting roadside with the humans who had come to her rescue after the vehicle collision that had rendered her immobile.
With his glistening red comb flopped outrageously over his eyes and his body ensconced by the most silky soft of feather boas, made of the real deal, Earl’s haute couture may not look out of step on the catwalk of Fashion Week or even the cover of Vogue.
Whilst it is hard to define, it is easy to feel, just what makes Special special. For it takes but a moment with this happy-go-lucky little chap to intuit this.
With no need for a Coco Chanel creation or Gucci accessory, our Paris and Nicky Hilton are glamourous girls.
Having difficultly seeing his new world around him, at first Peaky Blinders would scoot away at the mere hint of our presence. But now not so.
Within metres of the road the tiny bird fluttered and flipped. At first thought to be a grey pigeon clipped by a fast-moving car.
As farmed animals, in the scheme of things, it never ends well for them. And every action thus far afforded this mother and child had fuelled their point of view.
There is little doubt Brunswick is a beautiful bird. His magnificent plumage captures the eye, whilst the brilliant radiance of his comb and wattles sets the heart a-flutter.
Around 4.40 pm on the 11th of January 2023, hope met the reality of our promise, as the last Silkie rooster was removed from the tiny wire prison that had been his home for heaven knows how long.