Everything continues very busy at the sanctuary as we move into autumn. As always we are busy caring for new arrivals, notably a flock of 11 sheep. All were rescued and have their own individual stories. Their original rescuer and caregiver could no longer look after them and so they came to the Black Sheep! They include Klapansi, who has only three legs - he was born with a deformed leg, which had to be amputated. Fortunately he is doing just fine on three... There's also Splotchy - his tongue was partly eaten by seagulls when he was a newborn lamb. He survived the trauma and is lovely, friendly and healthy, though he does tend to dribble a bit due to his tongue problems.
Billy has also arrived - he's a large and splendid 18-month old billy goat. Sadly his former owner could no longer care for him.
Another new guest is the lovely Peanut, a very elderly chestnut horse with a large white splotch on her forehead. Though she has no top teeth she is eating fine, and has put on a bit of weight since she arrived. She has moved into the cow paddock, and hangs out with Thunder, who is looking nice and smart with a recent fringe trim!
We've also been busy working on the wetland area, which will be a home to ducks, frogs, and other wildlife. Fencing, planting, and gardening continues, and our boundary fence is now complete. We've also put in a small duckpond in the top paddock. Our next project is a barn to provide extra winter shelter, store hay etc.
Those of you who can make it to the Sanctuary working bee on the 31st will be able to meet our new friends - see the post below for more details!
The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary Otaki's next working bee will now on Saturday 31 March (Sunday if wet), from 10 am onwards. All welcome !
Come and lend a hand with building, fencing, gardening and mee...ting the animals! And possibly some concrete-making too :-)
Please bring clothing for all weathers, gumboots, sunblock, and vegan treats. We will be providing a yummy vegan lunch!
Please RVSP to blacksheepotaki@gmail for directions and so we have an idea of numbers.
Hope to see you there
for the Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary