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In February, Tesla was killed by a hawk. We were all shocked and saddened by the loss of our sweet Indian Runner. His pal, Mazerati, was very lonely and insecure without a buddy. Therefore, we went in search of local ducks in need! Butterscotch and Guinness came from a local Ojai farm that no longer needed their ducks. During that search, Three Dog Ranch donated two of their ducks. We have named them Carrera and Shelby!
In March, we picked up a little canary from Santa Barbara County Animal Services. We named the little guy Charlie. He has an abnormal feather condition and appears to be unable to fly. He also has very weak legs which cause mobility and perch issues. Dr. Bailey said that the feather condition is more an aesthetic issue and he seems to have a good quality of life despite a few minor setbacks.
Idon came to us in May because the owners needed to downsize their goats due to a residential situation. He is a big sweetheart and the other goats took to him immediately!
In May, we also began a search to take in a miniature horse in need. We had an open stall and we wanted to give Scout a companion of his own size. Irish came to us from a local home with a beautiful herd of little horses! Her owner was happy to lighten her work load and we were grateful to offer a home to such a sweet horse!
The last intake of the summer was Finnick, the little piglet. Kate saw a Facebook post on Ojai Animal Kingdom for help with a family of potbellied pigs. Finnick was one of the two remaining piglets that survived dog attacks. Concerned neighbors took in the surviving pig family and were trying to find them a home. Finnick was underweight and had never been touched. We have since brought him up to a healthy weight, castrated him, and we are earning his trust for petting.
It has been a busy summer with all of these wonderful animals!