12 February 2010

Valentine’s Day tale of love between goat and sheep at Farm Sanctuary

(photo credit: farmsanctuary.org)

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Farm Sanctuary has shared a sweet love story involving two rescued animals. The lovebirds, a sheep named Chico and a goat named Dorothy, reside at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter and have formed a very special bond.

Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director Susie Coston writes of the pair, “They seek each other out, and when they meet, they exchange adoring greetings by rubbing their heads against each other. They spend hours each day grooming, playing and snuggling together. We don’t know how it happened, but these two are obviously smitten.”

It’s not uncommon for animals to bond and form friendships, but what makes this story so exceptional is that the relationship has been formed between two animals of separate species.

Both Chico and Dorothy have been living at the 175-acre shelter in upstate New York for many years. Dorothy was part of a trio of goats rescued in 2007. Weak and emaciated, she was saved from imminent death from a rural farm strewn with the corpses of 43 goats. Chico, who had reservations at a slaughterhouse but was saved by two loving girls, arrived at the shelter in 2006.

The tale of the two farm animals ends on a happy note thanks to Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Dorothy and Chico, and all the other animals at Farm Sanctuary, are available for sponsorship – a great gift to give your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

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