Watermelon snack time. Everyone is sharing.🙂🍉🐐🐓
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Watermelon snack time. Everyone is sharing.🙂🍉🐐🐓
Phoebe is getting her first acupuncture treatment today for her weak hind legs. She is busy happily munching on lots of fresh hay and doesn’t seem to mind the needles at all.🙂❤️🐐
Update on our sweet girl Phoebe- after many diagnostic tests the vets at New Bolton were unable to determine the exact cause for her weakness in her rear legs, and bladder and mammary issues. They were able to pinpoint the area of nerves on her spine where the problems likely are arising from, and sadly theorize that it is probably permanent. We are trying some medications, which have helped a little. In the meantime, Phoebe is so happy to be home from the hospital and back with her friends. This photo was taken today and you can see she is not letting a little nerve damage get in her way of climbing on the picnic tables! She is just as active and perky as ever, and thankfully doesn’t seem to be in any pain. Hopefully she will still have a great quality of life even though she may always be a little wonky.🙂🐐❤️
Happy Friday! It’s going to be a hot one today- the piggies are already cooling off in the mud!🐖💕
When the storm clouds come in, so do all the goaties- they do not like to get wet! 🙂❤️🐐⛈☔️
Please keep our sweet goat Phoebe in your thoughts- we took her to New Bolton Vet Center in PA last night. Phoebe was found abandoned in an industrial park in MD 3 years ago when she was only a few months old. She was so scared of people she would shake violently if anyone approached her. With lots of love and care she soon came to trust us and has been living at Poplar happily ever since. Recently she started having trouble walking with her rear legs, became incontinent, and bagged up with milk, even though she is not pregnant. The vets are going to do ultrasounds, xrays, and other diagnostic tests so we can see why she is exhibiting these symptoms- hopefully they will find something that is treatable. We can’t wait until she is back running and playing with all her goat friends again!❤️🐐🙏
Shirley the groundhog is very picky and has a real sweet tooth. If we try to give her healthy snacks like fruit or vegetables or energy bars she usually rejects them, in favor of her all time favorite- animal crackers. She definitely let me know after a few bites that she is not a fan of Cherry Macrobars. Love her expression when she throws it down.😂
Happy Sunday! A beautiful morning with peaceful happy cows in the mist. 🐄❤️
These two beautiful young hens are Thelma and Louise - our most recent rescues. They are Lavender Orpingtons, and are a gorgeous coloring. They were purchased by a person who thought it would be fun to have chickens but did not have a proper safe place to keep them. They are still very young, only a few months old, but they are already enjoying sanctuary life - they love to run and play and chase insects, and are always together- they are really adorable. Thanks to Maureen McGowan for helping to convince their previous caretaker to do the right thing, and to Deb Durant for this lovely photo. We know they will have a long and happy life here!💜🐓
The piggies were checking out their newly cleaned barn, which we filled with large bales of fresh hay. Becky, rescued from a research lab in Maryland, where she had grown too big too fast to be used for the study, loves to make nests with the hay, and then sleep in a big pile of it.💕Even pigs raised in isolation inside in barren laboratory conditions like Becky still have all of their natural instincts and behaviors, if they are allowed the chance to show them. We are so grateful to the staff who saved sweet Becky’s life, and allowed her to come and live at Poplar Spring, where she now happily grazes in the pasture, cools off in the mud, and sleeps in a barn full of soft hay with lots of rescued pig friends.❤️🐖
Moses at sunrise❤️ 🐂
Moses is five years old this year, born on a dairy farm in PA. When he was one day old his mother hid him from the veal truck under a pile of hay. When the farmer found him, he was very angry, and threw him out in the field and left him to die. Thankfully the kind people at Animal Rescue Inc. discovered him and convinced the farmer to let him go to a sanctuary. When he was a few months old they brought him to Poplar where he has happily lived ever since. He is now about 2,000 lbs. and is a gentle giant.💕
This sweet little baby Silkie chicken was found abandoned in a Harris Teeter parking lot. She is very young, still peeping, and extremely emaciated with a bad respiratory infection. Thankfully she was found by a kind woman who rescued her and brought her to Poplar Spring. She is now on antibiotics and recovering in our infirmary, where she is beginning to gain weight and seems to be feeling so much better. We love her so much already, she is the sweetest little bird, who enjoys sitting on our shoulder, and will fall asleep in our lap. When she is well and healthy she will be able to go outside with all the other rescued chickens, scratch and peck and dust bathe all day, and have a wonderful life here. ❤️🐓
Fanny the peahen enjoying some nice cool watermelon on a hot Summer day!🌞🍉🦚
This cute baby vulture was in the back yard getting so excited about the small twigs and a feather he found- who knew that baby vultures like to play? ❤️
The wild deer come twice a day for breakfast and dinner treats! The fawns are just starting to come with their mothers too.❤️
It’s hard for a human to have a snack at the chicken barn without attracting lots of friends.🐓Ethel the groundhog decided she loves peanut butter Macrobars, but Yvette the hen didn’t want to share.🙂
We are going for a record stretch of 90 plus degree days-but the piggies know how to stay cool - everyone is hanging out in the creek!
Dudley - our new newspaper delivery boy. 😂
Our sweet turkey girl Riley was suddenly unable to stand or walk last week - we took her to two different vets and had xrays and bloodwork done - the diagnosis was that she possibly had nerve damage from an egg - we were able to get the egg out and she should heal but the vets said it may take some time. In the meantime she is hanging in the big sling of our ambulance cart, getting physical therapy and walking with a blanket sling. She is doing very well and every day her legs get a little stronger. Yesterday she took a few steps for the first time! We are hopeful that soon she will be back up and strolling around normally with all her turkey friends.❤️🦃
The cows found a nice shady spot in the woods to hang out this afternoon. ❤️
The special needs goats Evie, Dudley and Sally were especially happy that the storm last night took down their favorite tastiest tree- a Locust!🙂🐐❤️
So cool to see Argyle nursing her TWINS! One fawn was in the goat yard and one was in the special needs yard and she was going between the two yards to care for them. We reunited them and the babies now run and play together and are both so happy to have a sibling companion! Love the little leg kicks and tail wags of enthusiasm while they are nursing.❤️🦌
Wallace thinks that trees make good scratching posts!🙂Wallace is a very smart and lucky boy who saved his own life by leaping out of a trailer onto a six lane highway in Virginia, and eluded capture by hiding in the woods bordering the interstate for weeks. He is an Angus cross, a beef breed who was being transported to an auction where he would have been sold for meat. Luckily @gratefulmeadows rescued him and contacted us. He has been happily living at Poplar Spring ever since, and has become very tame and sweet. Now he enjoys animal crackers and back scratches and hugs, and never tries to escape. He has the best life here with lots of cow friends, acres of grass to graze, and trees to scratch on.💕
Jason is our oldest cow, he turned 20 this year! When he was only 10 months old he was crammed into a trailer with 130 other Angus cows, on their way to a feed lot where they would have been “fattened up” for slaughter. Driving too fast around a curve on the PA turnpike, the truck and double decker tractor trailer overturned, killing over 100 cows in the horrible accident. Jason was one of the lucky survivors, and he came to live at Poplar Spring in 2000. Very afraid of people when he first arrived, Jason would not allow us to touch or approach him for many months. Then all of a sudden, one day, he began to trust us, and let us pet and hug him- he has been a sweet and gentle boy ever since. He has enjoyed roaming the 400 acres of pastures and woods with the other rescued cows for 20 years, and has been living a wonderful life. Recently his arthritis has made it difficult to keep up with his friends, who love to travel miles every day, so we brought him into the special needs yard where he is now pampered and spoiled. Every day we bring him the best hay, forage with his arthritis meds mixed in, and fresh water, and spray him with citronella to keep the flies off. The yard is a perfect spot because he can relax in the shade, graze on lush green grass, and still see all his cow friends over the fence. Every day they come to visit him, it is very sweet. They are very bonded, and always come to check on their oldest family member. Jason doesn’t walk very far any more, but he seems happy and content, and he will be able to live out the rest of his life being loved and cared for. We love this sweet old guy so much, and will do everything we can to keep him as comfortable as possible in his elder years.❤️🐂
For those who requested a video of Shirley the groundhog’s babies, this is the best I could do, they are still very shy. This is Sherman, the bravest one, who will already take animal crackers from our hand. There are one or two other babies in the hole, we can’t tell yet.❤️
A nectarine was just a little too heavy for Shirley the groundhog. But she prefers cookies anyway!🙂Shirley is wild but tame like Priscilla and lives at the goat and sheep barns. She has a litter of babies who are just starting to come out of their hole. Priscilla has been mostly off on her own, with no babies this year. 🙁 But Shirley’s babies are already taking cookies from our hands!
Today it was the goat’s turn to “help” with the hay delivery.🙂
The cows love it when we get hay deliveries in the Summer. Clifford, Eliot, Edison and Maple decided they wanted to be the first to taste test the new hay- and they definitely approved!🙂
Moses is trying really hard to get a little taste of Roxanne’s breakfast, but she said “No way, Buddy!”😂
So sweet that Ivy and Remi have become good friends- hard to believe they are close to the same age, but so different in size!❤️🐂
So awesome to get to witness mom grooming and nursing her baby this morning!❤️
The little fawn that was born in the yard is starting to follow his mom around a little now, after he nurses. This was our beautiful view from the porch at sunrise this morning!❤️🦌
Lester has a new leg! Lester’s leg was injured when he was just a baby, and literally fell off when he was still at the Maine sheep farm he was born on. After he was rescued and came to Poplar, we had him fitted for a prosthetic, which helped him to be able to walk and run and play like a normal lamb. He is now one year old and has outgrown his first prosthetic- today he graduated to a new big sheep leg! Thanks to @specializedpetsolutions for making Lester such a sturdy and sporty leg! Today was just a short trial period - He will wear it a little more each day until it is broken in. But it fits perfectly, and soon he will be running and playing happily again - go Lester!💙🐑
Edward the peacock and Fanny the peahen really enjoy their blueberry treats!❤️🦚
Everyone is just relaxing, grazing and chilling on this beautiful Spring day!❤️
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