Micky & Mini – Power
Only moments into our care, two little orphan lambs named Micky and Mini, without words, began to tell us about themselves.
Micky, stoically brave, although at his tender age it was more bluff than bravado, held his ground, while his timid sibling Mini took cover behind her big brother. Mini’s squinting left eye and pleading face pulled at our heartstrings and told us she had fared worse when deprived of her mother’s tender love and breast milk.
Passing away some days before for reasons unknown, their mumma’s lifeless body was still the refuge to which the tiny two continued to retreat. Nudging her frantically with all their might and strongest of will, nothing in their power was going to summon her to life.
Such a tragic tale is one that unfurls all too often at this time of year. A dear ewe’s illness goes unseen, and her pain and suffering untreated, leaving behind a legacy of rotting remains and many a confused and vulnerable orphan at this, the most inhospitable time of the year.
Yet every now and then, hope is found in these unlikely places, and lambs like Micky and Mini find sanctuary and do not become a statistic. Such an act of human benevolence, choosing not to look the other way, reminds us all of the incredible power we have to improve the world for others.
For this truly is our human superpower, best played out by simply being kind.
Blending tragedy with hope comes Nepal, a sweet little Merino lamb, born one of triplets, who sadly became separated from his family.
While logic tells us he did not fall from the sky, he might as well have, for from where he has come, we cannot ascertain. It is as if he is nobody’s cat. And here now, he most certainly is.
Few things in life tug more at the heartstrings than when you see the life draining out of the eyes of an animal. And when that animal is but a youngster, the tug becomes an all-consuming wrench.
Found wandering on a highway that homed no sheep, it is believed that dear Jump did just that.
They have been declared the comedians of the barnyard (goats, that is) and proving this statement is not a work of fiction come Frick, Frack and Applejack.
It was the message we prayed we would never have to send – well, not for many a year anyway – to our team.
As a young first-time mum, having barely hit puberty, Margaret found herself in the direst of situations. Recently having given birth, and suffering a life-threatening prolapse, she did not know what to do.
Meet Annie Yokely and Mary Poopins! A community Facebook post was to prove the lifeline for two plucky and adventurous hens. It, too, was to prove just how maligned, disregarded and poorly protected their kind is.