Edgar’s Mission Passport
Imogen & Immy
Imogen & Immy
4th May 2023
Each other
Touching hearts
Kindness to all
Certified true likeness
Imogen & Immy’s story

An Image to Hold

Updated June 2, 2023

It was an image that will never leave our hearts. The one of the mother standing over her newborn child.

The one of the mother so emaciated, dishevelled and downtrodden she could not feed them. The one of the mother who so genuinely loved her baby, but who shook with fear at our presence; and although she desperately wanted to flee, she did not, for she knew her almost-lifeless baby could not make that pace.

It was the unexpected birth of the teeny tiny Imogen in the early hours of that fateful day that was to spare both this grisly fate

But worst of all, this was an image of our society’s making. One that all should, in the fullest disclosure of our choices, see.

You see Immy, as we have named this young mother, is a sheep. One who was slated for slaughter along with the rest of her clan. But it was the unexpected birth of the teeny tiny Imogen in the early hours of that fateful day that was to spare both this grisly fate.

But alas, not the others.

Arriving into our care, only hours old, Imogen’s body held little life, and whilst our actions raced to save her, our thoughts were with Immy and her empty breasts. With her spine causing her wool to form a razor-like mountain peak that ran the course from the base of her neck to the top of her tail – life, or rather humans, had clearly not been kind to her.

Until the day they were. Throwing the greatest of lifelines to the mother and her baby.

Despite Immy’s great reservations she holds about our kind, she is slowly coming to terms with the world she has now found herself in. A foreign one. One where people speak in kind tones and move with gentle actions. Where neither food nor veterinary care is a scarce resource. One where she watches with diminishing wide-eyed terror as we, in full view, momentarily commandeer her baby several times a day and nourish her with life-sustaining milk; the closest we can find to what would have been hers. And although it will never be the same, it is the best we can do in this crazy world we humans have made.

And whilst images such as this are common to us now, we imagine that one day they will not be.

Perhaps too, it just may be that the image of this proud and loving mother, standing over her beloved child, is what helps shape our understanding of this world. An image that causes us to recognise that the birthplace of our humanity sits with the recognition that in the ways that matter most, all that separates us from the non-human animal world is form.

And form alone.

Then who shall we harm?