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Meet a Lucky Group of Rescued Animals Who Escaped Terrible Lives

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Their Personal Stories

Chenoa Manor is home to many farm animals like cows, pigs, horses, goats, sheep, chickens and turkeys.  It also homes and protects other animals like a macaw called Amelia who can no longer fly and a Sulcata tortoise named Isaac, who was surrendered by his person who was deployed to the Middle East. No domestic pets like cats and dogs are taken in at Chenoa, only farm animals and exotics.

Here are some of their stories.

Hernando: He was described by the Maryland rescue group who contacted Chenoa Manor as a “big farm pig… huge!”  Upon arriving in Maryland for pick up, it turns out he was a shy, adult pot-bellied pig. Chenoa already had two pot-bellied divas, Gladys and Margot, and there was concern about Hernando fitting in with their clique. Dr. Teti agreed to take Hernando temporarily and try to find a rescue that could handle him.

Hernando at Thanksgiving past

During his quarantine, Hernando enjoyed lying at the fence and cozying up with Gladys. Since no other rescue had room for him, it was decided he would mingle with the diva sisters and see how things went.  Shortly thereafter, the “three little pigs” became close friends and shared the wealth.

Dr. Teti describes Hernando as a “spotted hurricane” because he “blows through everything in his path” in his search for food and adventure. With an insatiable appetite and morbid curiosity, Hernando will leave no pail unturned or feed sack unchewed attempting to find just one more morsel of food!  He’ll even snatch up a veggie or two that the rabbits have overlooked.

Isaac: This unusual and beautiful Sulcata tortoise was surrendered to a reptile rescue group by his human when he deployed overseas.  Sulcatas are native to northern Africa and have specific dietary requirements.

Happy Isaac

The large pyramids on his back are actually a sign of Metabolic Bone disease resulting from his inappropriate diet.  The good news is Isaac’s disease is reversing with adequate nutrition.

Isaac is a sociable fellow who spends his day exploring the farm.  He goes anywhere and everywhere his little legs carry him.  He’s not afraid to walk amongst the smallest or largest of animals at Chenoa.  He was very patient with all the tourists who bent down to pet him and get a look in his attentive and curious eyes.

Gladys loves Hernando

Gladys: Believe it or not, Gladys is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina. She was found tethered to the front porch on a Louisiana house that was flooded. She has come to love Chenoa Manor and with her southern belle charm has made quite the impression on her fellow farm mates.

Not only does she bat those beautiful long eyelashes, Gladys is said to have a southern girl grunt!  You can give her food and you can rub her belly but her heart belongs to Hernando…

Jamar and Casper: Casper the cow was mourning the loss of his three bovine buddies for such a long time that he was in danger of starving to death.  He wouldn’t eat or interact with anyone, animal or human, and spent his days in isolation from his surroundings.  The only thing he would do is lay down.

Chenoa was fortunate to take in another cow, named Jamar, right about that time. Jamar is a young and rambunctious fellow who was determined to get Casper out of his mourning period.

Jamar, the handsome dude!

Like any youngster who is new to a group, he looked to Casper to teach him the ropes. Jamar wasn’t deterred by Casper’s lack of interest. He just kept on going up to Casper and demanding his advice. The two are now inseparable. With a new purpose in life, Casper has joined the living once again. And Jamar will lick any hand that reaches out to him!

Phoebe is safe from torture

Phoebe: This adorable rabbit lives in a burrowed warren created by all the bunny rabbits at Chenoa. Rabbits are most likely used at laboratories for cruel experiments and many, like Phoebe, have found their way to Chenoa from those conditions.  Some are abandoned at shelters, especially after Easter when families no longer commit to caring for a furry rabbit. Some are still bred for food or fur.

Phoebe and her fellow bundles of fluff now have the opportunity to live out their lives doing what comes naturally to rabbits: digging, gnawing and chewing to their heart’s content.

Abner: Abner was raised as part of a university agriculture course in animal handling. The student who helped care for Abner was distraught when he learned the pig would be going to market (slaughter).  The communications major took this one credit course because he only needed one more credit to complete his degree and graduate.

Abner was saved from slaughter

After offering to buy Abner in an attempt to prevent the pig from becoming bacon, the student was turned down flat. He was allowed to go to market and bid on Abner but that was no guarantee Abner would be saved. In a twist of fate over the dates Abner was to be shipped out, the student was allowed to load Abner in a truck and brought him directly to Chenoa Manor. Read the entire story here.

“With a little nudging and a lot of encouragement, we were able to persuade Abner to jump out of the van and into freedom,” wrote the student. Abner now enjoys his forever home and is friendly with the other creatures at Chenoa.

Amelia: Have you heard of a macaw who cannot fly?  This is Amelia’s fate thanks to a neurological condition she suffers from.  On her specially made perch that hangs from a tree outside near the horse pasture, Amelia gets to dance and sing and entertain herself and the other animals at Chenoa.

Amelia, the natural beauty

Amelia came to Chenoa because her humans were both diagnosed with terminal cancer and she had nowhere to go.  A natural exotic beauty like Amelia garners all sorts of attention. By day, she likes the warm weather of summer and fall. At night, she hunkers down inside and entertains her fellow Chenoans.


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8:06AM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

2:13AM PDT on Jun 8, 2014

Such a nice story! ))

11:29AM PST on Nov 23, 2013

I remember my mom telling me that they would kill a chicken that would last for 2 weeks and there were 6 of them and now we are killing them in such high quantity. We are throwing them away like they are trash. God said in the Bible use the animals NOT ABUSE the animals.

9:00PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

I would love to visit a place like that. I would love to have a place like that where I live.

8:55AM PDT on Oct 27, 2013

lovely. thank you. hope to visit someday

9:25PM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:41PM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

I remember reading a story (here on Care2, I think) about a woman whose pet tortoise was stolen. I don't think she ever got him back. Other tortoises have been stolen, too, both from private owners and from zoos. Apparently, there is big money in tortoises, especially large ones. So, perhaps letting Isaac roam free isn't the best idea?

9:54AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Thanks :-)

9:24AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Both Amelia's humans got cancer? That's bad luck all round! Interesting stories, thank-you

8:56AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

Touching & emotional. Animals might not be able to "talk" they sure do say a lot by their actions! Thanks.

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