ResidentsHULA Animal Rescue provides long term care to a variety of animals including ponies, pigs, sheep, goats, geese, ducks and chickens. They live out their lives as members of the resident family.
Meet some of our residents below
The goatsMillie (9 years old) is a lovely girl and likes being the centre of attention. In 2015 she very sadly lost her long time companion Henry at the grand old age of 18 years. Since then she has been introduced to a new addition to the HULA resident family, Bully Boy Bunting, who arrived in May 2015.
Millie and Bully Boy Bunting are seen here enjoying the sunshine in their paddock.
Sara and Suzi arrived at HULA in 2008 at the tender age of 4 weeks. They have been together ever since so are very closely bonded.
Sara is a very cheeky goat who occasionally escapes from her enclosure! Suzi is calmer and very affectionate, she will often come over to staff for a scratch behind her horns.
Bazza is a white Embden goose who came to HULA in 2005 when he was just 17 weeks old. He is a superb guard goose - he apparently has a penchant for postmen! We know Bazza is a bit of a rebel but he is only doing what comes naturally and is a real character.
Wilma was also looking for company and thankfully it was love at first sight for them both. They have been together now for a few years and have never had a falling out.
Bazza is very proud to be Wilma’s boyfriend, and he likes to show off in front of her by running after anyone who enters their enclosure.
The pigsWe currently have two resident pigs, Flossie and Smudge, who arrived at HULA in 2012.
They first started life as pets and their original owners thought they were mini pigs however it soon became obvious that they were in fact baby Kune Kune pigs who grew much larger and became too big for their enclosure. The owners had no option but to re-home the girls.
Flossie and Smudge both enjoy exploring their enclosed field where during the day time they can enjoy eating grass, worms and rooting around in the mud.
When he first arrived at HULA he was kept on his own for a few days but still able to still see the chickens. He was very excited to meet the girls and wouldn’t stop crowing all day.
To his and the staff’s surprise the girls made it known they were the boss. He respected it straight away and now he is happily living with plenty of girls around him. He couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Life at HULA for a resident
It can get a little boring if you’re fed out of a bowl everyday so to liven things up a bit and to keep them all mentally stimulated the staff invent new and exciting ways to deliver their daily feeds.
Here we can see Millie the goat enjoying some very tasty vegetables hung up in the barn.
The girls to the left are three of our resident chickens checking out a special kebab washing line!
Enrichment feeding mimics their natural behaviour such as jumping and foraging for food. The chefs have had no complaints to date!
Pigs are known to be as intelligent as dogs and so without stimulation they can become bored quite quickly.
We also regularly hide new items in their enclosure such as boxes, bins and even plastic chairs and the girls get very excited when they discover them!
Being so intelligent pigs can even learn tricks and our girls are no exception, especially if there is a bit of food to reward them. Flossie loves learning new things, so teaching her is easy. She already knows the command to “sit” and her party piece is “beg”.
Extra care is taken in extreme weather. When there’s a deep winter chill many of the animals are happy to be wrapped up in warm coats or rugs.
In hot weather each of the farm animals have their own way of keeping cool; we ensure the pigs paddock has a nice wet area so they can enjoy a good mud bath to keep cool or as you'll see below a spot of cooling "fruit & veg bobbing" in the pool. The sheep have an annual shear, the ponies often have a hose down and all the animals receive frozen fruit and veg.
Animal Welfare Assistant Sarah Tester with some of the HULA sheep.