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The north Wales couple who created an 'animal nirvana'

2021-1-6 16:45| 发布者: hujian| 查看: 4| 评论: 0

摘要: IMAGE COPYRIGHTCAROL GRIFFITHSimage captionCarol and Ned with Beaky the sheep and two of their dogs, Pip and LottieA couple in north Wales have described how their home and surrounding land has become ...

Carol, Ned, Beaky, Pip and LottieIMAGE COPYRIGHTCAROL GRIFFITHS
image captionCarol and Ned with Beaky the sheep and two of their dogs, Pip and Lottie

A couple in north Wales have described how their home and surrounding land has become a "nirvana" for animals.

Carol and Ned Griffiths have two cows, two horses, three sheep, five dogs, four cats, 13 chickens and two cockerels on their 25-acre (10-hectare) smallholding in Talybont, near Barmouth, in Gwynedd.

They did have a lamb named Beaky, who could not suckle due to an "overshot mouth" and had to be put down at eight months after the couple hand-reared him from birth.

"Beaky was always welcome in the house. He would just come in all the time because he thought he was a dog. He didn't even recognise himself as a sheep," Carol said.

"We have had people come here who say it's like a nirvana for animals. They feel safe here. They get to live a full life."

Beaky and TimberIMAGE COPYRIGHTCAROL GRIFFITHS
image captionBeaky, pictured here with Timber the collie, "thought he was a dog", says Carol

Carol said what started off as rescuing two kittens soon became a steady growth in their animal community.

The couple came to own a Highland cow named Franag after they met her owner at a country fair and learned she would be sent for slaughter because of her age.

Not wanting Franag to be lonely, Ned and Carol bought a "steer" - a castrated bull - named Aero, a Highland who is now five years old, to keep her company.

Franag and AeroIMAGE COPYRIGHTCAROL GRIFFITHS
image captionFranag, pictured left, with Aero at Ned and Carol's farm near Barmouth, Gwynedd

"They love each other - they stay together," said Ned, a tree surgeon.

Ned and Carol also own two horses: Gypsy, a 12-year-old Welsh Cob, and Holly, a six-year-old Gypsy Cob.

Gypsy was Ned's horse before the couple got married six years ago, and they adopted Holly from the RSPCA to provide company for Gypsy.

Ned said Holly had been rescued from rising water after she was found tethered in a flooding field.

Despite having lost Beaky, the couple have three other sheep named Primrose, Bluebell and Cookie.

Beaky with dog Lottie and in another picture with the hensIMAGE COPYRIGHTCAROL GRIFFITHS
image captionBeaky also enjoyed the company of hens

"The farmer said 'can you look after them?' I said 'yes, but on the basis we keep them'," explained Carol.

They own five dogs, including Lottie and Pip who were rescued from starvation in Cyprus, and Indie who was rescued from Swansea.

The couple have four cats named Davie, Gonzo, Pumpkin and Pebble, 13 chickens and two cockerels.

Davy the cat sat atop a chicken shed, disinterested in the chicken and chick belowIMAGE COPYRIGHTCAROL GRIFFITHS
image captionUnlike most cats, Davy the rescue has no desire to kill the chickens or chicks

"It's really weird, they often all gather in the same field together," said Carol.

"We have got chickens and cats and you just see cats walking past one-day-old chicks.

"If you leave the door open then the chickens come in. I don't shoo them out unless they're in the lounge."

Unsurprisingly, the cost of keeping so many animals is high. So what motivates them?

"I'm a big animal lover. My dream was always to have a house with land and when we got married we were fortunate we had this house," explained Carol.

"Because we love animals so much, they just bring so much joy to see how they live together - they are safe and not going to slaughter, and they love each other.

"They do cost us a fortune but they give us back so much."


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