Brigitte Baardot & Ondine Shermaan
Five years ago, during the winter of 2016, Little Oak Sanctuary and the surrounding region endured incredibly heavy rainstorms. During these storms, a little pair of twin lambs lost their Mum. Having become ill, their mother tragically passed leaving them orphaned, alone, and facing almost certain death in a cold, sodden paddock.
The farmer who had bred them planned to leave these two-month-old lambs survival to chance, unless someone was able to take them in to care. A lifeline came to these lambs in the form of a wonderful, compassionate neighbour who couldn't bear the thought of them being left like that. They were taken in, kept warm, well-fed and loved.
Little Oak was contacted and as soon as we were able to cross the flooded waters we went to pick these sweet twin girls up.
When we view animals as mere commodities, disregarding their capacity to suffer, we lose so much, including a core part of our humanity. At our core, humans have the capacity for great compassion, and yet our society regards this as a weakness, something to be overcome. We believe the opposite. We need to carefully build and care for this instinct, as it holds the key to creating the compassionate world we all want to be a part of.
We named the two lambs Brigitte and Ondine, after two strong, inspiring activists for the animals, in tribute to their Mum, the lady who saved them and these strong, confident lambs themselves.
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Far from how they are commonly portrayed, sheep are highly intelligent individuals who will form friendships with particular other sheep. Despite their gentle nature and capacity to suffer as any other animal, sheep aren't protected by the same laws as dogs and cats. 'Codes of Practice' side-step the rules, meaning that painful procedures can be undertaken without pain relief, and their lives are routinely ended well before their natural lifespan has been reached. It doesn't have to be this way.
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