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Hopefield Animal Sanctuary: Charity talks Easter fun to be had and lovable Chip the cow

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 March 2019

Chip the cow. Picture: Ricci Fothergill

Chip the cow. Picture: Ricci Fothergill

Ricci Fothergill

With less than two weeks until Hopefield Animal Sanctuary once again opens its doors, the charity's Sophie Kemps gives a low-down on what's been going on this week.

Easter Fun Day. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryEaster Fun Day. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Our spring cleaning weekend was a huge success and we’d like to thank everyone who came down and helped – with less than two weeks to go until we re-open to the public, your hard work was greatly appreciated!

We have five cows that reside with us here at Hopefield.

Because of this, they have to be tested for TB annually.

These tests are taking place this week, with help from the ‘Flying Farmer’ Michael Midgely.

Dates for the diary. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryDates for the diary. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

The Easter holidays are going to be jam-packed full of fun for the kids! With daily bunny educational talks, visits from the Easter bunny, and an Easter egg trail to take part in, what more could you ask for?

Our Easter fun day on Sunday, April 21 will also include a visit from very special guests, Elsa and Spiderman, courtesy of Razzamataz Theatre School, as well as inflatables, face painting and so much more.

This week’s focus animal is Chip the cow. He came to us at just one-week old, after a lady happened to meet him, and fell in love.

He was due to be sent to slaughter for veal, however the wonderful lady managed to persuade the farmer to let her have him.

His first few weeks at Hopefield consisted of drinking milk and sleeping, like most babies do!

As he started to explore, he would enjoy visiting the other resident cows over the fence.

Within a few months, Chip was introduced into the herd.

The sanctuary’s oldest cow, Rosary, took Chip in as one of her own, and to this day is still very protective over him.

Chip is a little smaller than your average cow but he uses this to his advantage to wind up his adopted family, and quickly runs away before he can get told off!

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