Adelaide, South Australia – At the end of April, the Freedom Hill Sanctuary received a lamb in a carton box waking up the interest of Mangoes, one of the cats that live there. Of course it was an instant friendship. How couldn’t it be when the friend arrived in a box?
But don’t worry, the lamb was not abandoned. On the contrary, it was rescued by a family who found him in bad shape in a field near the Flinders Range. They stuck around to see if his mother was close, but she wasn’t and when they tried to get a group of sheep to adopt him and they didn’t, the family reached out to the Freedom Hill Sanctuary to make sure the lamb would survive.
That was certainly a great decision because this sanctuary is devoted to re-home or provide a safe haven for animals that have been rescued from abuse, exploitation or neglect. Since 2011 they have been working hard to change people’s views on farm animals and encourage compassionate cruelty-free living. They are the happy home of cows, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, chickens, turkeys, cats, dogs and even one deer.
That’s why when this 4-day old rescue lamb arrived to the sanctuary, he had a very warm welcome. He was named Carl and kept inside the house to be bottle-fed since he arrived in such a delicate state. And that’s where Mangoes comes in, apparently he likes welcoming all lambs and tries to befriend them all, although he’s not always corresponded. He arrived as a kitten to the sanctuary and he got used to lambs arriving all the time. It always amazes me the compassion rescue animals show to other animals in need, it’s like they know who else needs some love and care.
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Sadly, this friendship was a short one, since Carl moved on. Once he was strong enough, he was adopted by Oskar and Chris -a couple that has a small vegan sanctuary nearby. But that’s ok since it makes way for Freedom Hill Sanctuary to host more lambs that need their care, and for Mangoes to befriend new lambs that hopefully will also arrive in a carton box.