I woke up at the usual time of 6:20am, eager to start yet another fulfilling day. I got dressed and came out of my tent, welcomed to a stunning pink sunrise in the near distance.
I then headed to the house to apply suncream and to brush my teeth.
Amy and I headed on the morning dog walk, today it was just the two of us because Flora was helping with the morning feeds. It was lovely! I walked Marley, whilst Amy walked Goaty and Eyebrows. We chatted about all kinds of things – Uni, movies and just general life.
We returned from the dog walk an hour later (8am) and I headed down to the field to change the animals’ waters. This was completed quickly by Flora and I.
I then cleaned out the pig’s enclosures, before proceeding to give Ben (largest pig at the sanctuary) a mud bath. Mud baths are essential to reduce the risk of sunburn, and they’re also a very good moisturiser, and so I gladly learned!
Unfortunately, Ben is unable to bathe himself as he cannot turn over unaided, due to his large size. The meat industry genetically modify animals and aim to speed up their growth rate to move animals straight into a transport truck without considering the health and welfare implications of the individuals, so they can reach a certain weight and body condition before being sent away to slaughter.
Ben arrived at the sanctuary after luckily being saved from slaughter. As Jacobs Ridge is entirely Vegan, they aim to provide Ben with the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible. I’d never seen a pig so large, but this is because they often only live a few weeks of their lives before they’re tragically cut short.
Ben arrived at the sanctuary with his brother, Bill. But sadly, he passed away at the beginning of 2018 after living an incredible, mud-filled time at the sanctuary.
I then proceed to change the waters for the second time of the day. This was after they were disinfected and rinsed accordingly.
It was 40°c. I cuddled the goats for a while and then headed for a walk around the local area. It was secluded, peaceful and not a soul was in sight! I loved being able to relax with such mesmerising scenery around me.
Amy and I then headed on another dog walk in the evening. We took Goaty, Marly, Daisy, Django And Eyebrows along with us before heading back to the sanctuary for evening feed and watering.