One million reasons to smile
With little Milly now a staple of the sanctuary, it’s hard to image the hardship she once faced as a newborn.
She has one million reasons to smile now but that wasn’t always the case for Milly, a kid goat who recently made her way to our sanctuary. Troubled by the sound of a young animal, likely a kitten crying in the vicinity of a stormwater drain, a kind heart could not shake the feeling something was not quite right. With the cry no longer persisting, the Samaritan was led to believe the animal had been freed however her heart sank when, four days later, she heard the pitiful cry yet again. Wasting no time, assistance was summoned and the heavy cover pulled from atop the drain to reveal a tiny, frail black and white baby goat lying within.
and at around two weeks of age upon her arrival, Milly was most certainly in the danger zone. She was too old for colostrum yet at the age where illness and infection were likely to set in had she not received the precious liquid gold earlier in life. Yet the moment the kind Samaritan set in motion Milly’s rescue was also the beginning of the rest of her life and she astounded us all with her resilience and ability to thrive despite her horrific start.
Taking to sanctuary life as if she were always destined for nothing less, in her short time here Milly has already given us one million reasons to smile. As our camera rolls fill up to the brim, every minute of each new day brings us another ‘Milly Moment’ so precious, we simply cannot help but stop and record it. Whether it be cuddling up to Jessica Kitten, ably assisting on office duties, dutifully playing the role of steady Eddie’s ‘apprentice’ or following visitors around the sanctuary on their guided tour – Milly has become so integral to our days here at Edgar’s Mission it is difficult to remember life before she came our way.
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.