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Annabel

At Mossburn Community Farm we rescue and rehome misused, abused, unwanted and neglected animals.  Why not foster your favourite animal? You will get:

  • A personal letter from your chosen animal, with their own signature!
  • Your own personalised Certificate of Fostering
  • The chance to visit your new friend at Mossburn whenever you like.

One years foster is just £2 a month.
It’s quick, it’s easy and it really, really makes a difference to their lives.

£24.00 for the year.

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I expect you are wondering why Annabel is in the goat section, Annabel is quite convinced she is a goat, she will have nothing whatever to do with sheep – “nasty woolly things, not sleek and beautiful like us goats!”Annabel arrived here as a lamb, still needing to be bottle fed, in 2010.

She had been rescued by friends of ours who many years ago adopted one of our Shetland ponies called Jasper, he is still hale and hearty though very old! Annabel did not really fit into the family’s routine so we took her on, the two family Rotweillers were quite miffed to see her go.

There is a lovely photograph of Annabel flanked by the Rotties which unfortunately is not of a quality to reproduce here but it should be captioned “me and my minders!!” Annabel was reared by our then yard worker in his caravan though put into a loose box at night, once off the bottle we put her in the field with our friendly sheep Bob and Larkin but she would have nothing to do with either of them despite Bob’s best efforts.
Eventually we returned Bob and Larkin to their own field and tried to ignore Annabel’s pleas to come inside – until one night when the rain came down in sheets. We had just lost Sooty another sheep who insisted on being a goat, he died quite naturally of old age, his pen was empty. I asked the yard worker if Sooty’s pen had been cleaned out and he replied in the affirmative, I then suggested he bed it down with clean straw so Annabel, who was to be fair still very young, could take shelter from the rain. How she knew what he was about I will never know but the minute the gate was opened from the field she rushed into the goat byre and took up residence in Sooty’s old pen, she has not moved from it since..
Annabel is a happy sheep, friendly with humans and delighted to play head butting games with the other goats even despite her lack of horns, the interesting thing is she never gets hurt, obviously the goats totally accept her as one of them.