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The Rock-itt : July 2012
At Edgar's Mission- Dreams really do come true! In safe hands now, Molly will never have to worry again Thursday 31st May was 'a night to remember' for all the wrong reasons. An horrific accident with a truck rolling over on the Western Ring Road saw around 400 sheep fall onto the Princes Freeway below, leaving many dead and injured as countless people around the globe reeled in horror at the images of the stricken sheep. Molly Brown, so named after Titanic survivor, the unsinkable Margaret 'Molly' Brown, is thought to be the sole surviving sheep of the carnage. Her uplifting story of beating the odds, not once but twice, as the truck was abattoir bound, hit the headlines as she recovered under the care of the Lost Dogs' Homes in North Melbourne. N Now she will live out her days surrounded by equally lucky sheep who have also found sanctuary at Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary. Molly's trip back to the sanctuary was like no other she had ever experienced - no multi-tiered, open aired livestock transporter for her, rather a custom fitted, temperature controlled kindness van, complete with her very own loving chaperone, our amazing ambassador sheep -Timmy! . C’mon mate, I’ll show you around, it’s a good life here In the month of April 2012, for every minute of every day, 47 sheep or lambs were slaughtered in Australia, all only ever being known by a number and never being considered anything other than a production unit. That one sheep has managed to escape her predetermined fate has got to be a reason for hope. Molly's beating the odds on that fateful night has done much more than save the life of one sheep as it brought the fate of sheep and the lives of humans so much closer. Hey I’m new here, wanna be friends Chook? Molly is already an ambassador and from here on in all she has to do is live out her days at Edgar's Mission, living a life of choices, hers not ours. Her stoic resolve to survive will cause many to never think that sheep ar e intelligent, friendly and emotional animals is not lost on anyone who has the opportunity to really get to know them. They can recognise the faces of their buddies, even after a period of years, and can distinguish between friendly and gruff human expressions. They can learn their name and respond to it when called. Recent studies have shown that sheep have performed at a similar level to monkeys and humans in learning tasks! Something many have never thought possible is possible, given the chance..... Pam People empathised with 'those poor sheep' and imagined what it would have been like for them in a similar situation, and then came the consideration of what it means to be a sheep. Creatures just like us who feel fear, terror and panic, who want to see the sunshine, hang with their buddies, eat when they are hungry, drink when thirsty and above all else, feel safe. If you feel you would like to help in some way, you can contact Edgar’s Mission at; www.edgarsmission.org.au.................. You will begin to look at life in a different way and be happier for it.