Sheep

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Sheep Sunrise

The Main Flock

There are almost forty sheep in this group; This is a happy mix of rams and ewes ranging from small Soay Sheep to the larger Lleyn Sheep, and a lot of other mixes in-between.

Most of these sheep were rescued from slaughter many years ago and are now in their teens, enjoying the long and happy life that they deserve in their forever home.

They all have very distinct personalities and frequent visitors are likely to get to know some of the more confident members of the group, such as Larry, Shuan, Mumsy, Storm and Sansa who are almost always at the front, waiting to meet you!

Auntie's Group

This is our little band of misfits! It began with the need to separate a handful of poorly sheep a few winters ago. While some got better and were moved back, it became obvious to us that some new friendships had formed since they'd been together and we simply didn't have the heart to split them back up! Other misfits have since joined and been readily accepted by this gentle group, headed up by the lovely 'Auntie' who looks after them all.

Meet Ramsey, Roma, Greta and Auntie, as well as their newest friends, mother and daughter Ivy and Evie! These two were found lost (suspected stolen), wandering down a busy road and needed a safe new home when their owners could not be found. They have fit in so well with this group and very happy.

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The Rams

Meet Casper, Joe, Edward, Rambo, and Rocky; our handsome group of Jacob-type boys! This group of sheep are quite a bit bigger than our other sheep, and so we keep them in their own little bachelor group. They can look quite intimidating with their very large horns, but they are all very gentle; especially Joe who was reared by us when he was found abandoned as a lamb. He loves to be stroked and lots of attention!

Ramsey who now lives in Auntie's group was once part of this group. He lived with Auntie while he was recovering from an illness and fell in love with her over the weeks that he was in there, we couldn't bear to ruin their romance and so he left his old family and began a new life with her.

Did you know? Sheep horns are made from a substance called 'Keratin', the same stuff that your hair and fingernails are made from! Sometimes horns can become damaged or fall off and like your nails, they can also grow back.

Jake's Family

Jake was born at the sanctuary and was unfortunately rejected by his mother, so we had to intervene and hand rear him ourselves. We had recently taken in 'Faye', another orphaned lamb and they were raised together. As they grew up they became inseparable, and still live together today with their daughter, April.

April is quite shy, but Jake and Faye are very friendly and absolutely love to play with us (Jake is a very big boy and occasionally knocks us flying when he gets too excited!). 

Jake is Auntie's nephew, hence the name!

Jake's Group
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The Two Old Ladies

These are a couple of our older sheep, known as "gummers" as their teeth have become worn/fallen out over their long lives and they can no longer chew as well as they once could. This is completely normal for older sheep, but not well known as so many sheep don't live to be such old ladies as some of these! This does not bother them as long as their diets are altered accordingly.


We keep them in separate groups so that we can guarantee that they are getting all of the food and nutrition that they need to stay healthy and happy.

 

Sponsor the Sheep

Sponsoring our Sheep helps us to pay for their care, and makes it possible for us to take in others in need of us in the future! Funds from your sponsorship help us to pay for their food, bedding, veterinary treatment, enrichment, and enclosure upkeep/renovation. These costs quickly mount up and your help makes a big difference.

You Will Receive:

  • A Certificate of Adoption

  • 2 A4 Sheep Photos

  • Sheep Fact Sheets

  • A Sponsor's Season Pass (visit them as often as you like during our open season!)

  • A Sheep Keyring

  • Your Name proudly displayed on their "Best Friends" board outside their paddock.

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Brockswood Animal Sanctuary,

Catholic Lane,

Sedgley,

DY3 3YE.

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