FARS animal of the month - help support amputation survivor Rodney - The Leamington Observer

FARS animal of the month - help support amputation survivor Rodney

THE FARM Animal Sanctuary (FARS) at Wolverton – founded by former veterinary nurse Carole Webb 30 years ago – is looking for animal lovers to help them support its growing menagerie.

FARS which relies entirely on donations to meet its yearly £80,000 running costs, has a number of rescued animals it would like people to sponsor for £2.25 a month. Every penny goes directly to the animals and adopters can visit their chosen FARS resident as many times as they like.

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RODNEY is in need of support after a life-saving amputation.

He has been living at FARS after an attack – believed to have been by a dog or fox – resulted in the loss of his hind leg.

The lamb was found by two walkers and rushed to the Ark Veterinary Practice where he was treated for deep bite wounds to his leg and tummy.

After he was patched up, staff gave Rodney much-needed TLC – cleaning his cuts and bottle feeding him – but the sheep began limping and becoming withdrawn.

They discovered the ram had an infection in the bone.

Worried staff took the decision to have Rodney’s leg amputated as the alternative was too hard for them to bear.

A spokesperson said: “We had fallen in love with Rodney and wanted to give him every opportunity.”

Rodney – now known affectionately as ‘Rodders’ – was wobbly to begin with but soon back on his feet. A veterinary nurse took him to be with other lambs at her farm where he learned to walk on three legs.

Eventually he found his FARS home and now spends his days among some 400 other rescued animals.

Staff member Alice Partridge said: “Rodney is such a sweetheart. Considering his awful start in life, he’s so friendly, kind and gentle. He also loves playing with all the other sheep.

“Rodders especially loves to protect any new rescue lambs. He’s such a strong happy young ram and has never let only having three legs hinder him.

“He loves biscuit treats and his hat to nibble on when he’s resting in his pen.

“We all love him.”

He is one of a number of rescued animals which people can sponsor and visit at their FARS home.

The sanctuary relies entirely on donations to meet its yearly £80,00 running costs and for food, straw and the general wellbeing of the animals.


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