The fate of a female sheep, thought to have escaped when on her way to slaughter, has been secured with a new loving home.
The sheep, named Ewe-dini, turned up on a patio in Derbyshire. She is believed to have roamed on her own for some years previously to being found.
Amy Bloore, 25, from Oakerthorpe, was watching television when Ewe-dini unexpectedly appeared in her back garden and was looking through the patio door window. The sheep lived with Amy and her partner for four days before being transferred to Brinsley Animal Rescue Centre.
Since March this year, Brinsley Animal Rescue Centre, Nottinghamshire, cared for the sheep. But now, TV antiques expert James Lewis has rehomed the lost ewe.
The great escape
The sheep was tagged showing a farmer in Sheffield had sold her on at a market in Bakewell some year’s back. Her old tag suggests Ewe-dini escaped during the slaughter process.
Beth Hewis, Brinsley Animal Rescue worker said: “We think she is about six years old and was on the run for about four years.”
Beth said the ewe came to them, “in a bit of a state, as there had been a lot of snow. She had scabs on her nose and was very shy”.
The rescue centre nursed Ewe-dini back to health, and before she was rehomed she was no longer as shy, and would “come to you to feed”, Beth said.
James Lewis, Bamfords Auctioneers employee, Derbyshire, told the BBC he received a text from a friend informing him about Ewe-dini, asking him if “he had room for a little one”.
Brisley Animal Rescue believed that, as an animal lover, he was more than suitable to rehome the ewe. He has rehomed over forty rescued animals at his Derbyshire home, including other adopted cats, chickens, rabbits, pigeons, doves and sheep. Brinsley Animal Rescue confirmed he will be adopting a further two sheep from their centre.
Ewe-dini is now said to be settled in her new home and her story has had a positive impact for the rescue centre.
Beth confirmed that all sheep from the rescue centre now have a home and Ewe-dini’s story has resuled in a “happy ending”.
She said sheep are known to be “good lawn mowers, they eat the weeds and turn the field into a bowling green”.
OTHER UNUSUAL ANIMAL ESCAPES
Goldie the golden eagle fled for 12 days in 1965 from London Zoo causing a nationwide sensation. The bird escaped keepers while his cage was being cleaned. Almost five thousand people caused traffic congestions at Regent’s Park to capture sights of Goldie flying between trees. Keepers who were assisted with borrowed equipment from the Royal Navy and the British Civil Defence, finally recaptured Goldie. The predatory bird was said to have survived on a diet of duck from the garden of the American ambassador to Britain and attempted attacks on two terriers in a park.
Deer causes chaos in Essex
In January an Essex deer caused chaos on Chelmsford High Street and was caught on CCTV racing down the crowded high street. The large male deer accidently caused minor head injuries to a female pedestrian. The buck was last seen charging towards the A12 the same afternoon. The CCTV footage shows the confused deer leaping into the road. The Essex Wildlife Trust was unable to identify the species due to the speed of the deer on footage.
In November 2012 an escaped Emu was seen roaming the streets in Barnstaple, North Devon. The Police were called and the Australian native was found strutting up and down the street trying to get into peoples houses. After ruffling some feathers, the 4ft Emu was captured and detained by Police who managed to entice the distressed bird into the back of a police car.
Essex Lion on the loose
In August 2012, reported sightings of a lion in the busy seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea ignited the beginning of a police hunt. More than a dozen holidaymakers reportedly glimpsed the loose lion near a caravan park. Police helicopters went in search with heat-spotting equipment and zoo experts with tranquillizer guns. However, no trace was found of the lion; paw prints of droppings and the search was cut with likely possibilities of misinterpreted sightings of a large domestic or wildcat.