When a baby animal loses their parent, they lose much more than the one who provides them with the nourishing milk that they need to help them grow up strong. Much like human parents, animal parents have a lot of love and life lessons to give their little ones. Baby elephants, for example, form bonds with their mothers and herd members that last a lifetime — with the exception of males who leave to start their own herds, adult elephants never part from their families. But this isn’t exclusive to elephants — the same applies to herd animals that we exploit for food and profit, like cows, sheep, and goats. Although they are often dismissed as less intelligent and therefore less worthy of our love and affection, their lives are important, too.
Farm animal sanctuaries like Santuario Igualdad Interspecie in Chile are safe havens for domestic animals from all walks of life. Just like the puppies and kittens in adoption shelters, all babies that enter the sanctuary need constant care from humans. From piglets rescued from the meat industry to abandoned exotic birds and kittens, all are welcome. And yes, they also take care of baby goats. With so many hungry mouths to feed, water dishes to keep full, and living spaces to clean, one would think that they can barely keep up — especially when they welcome so many orphans into the midst. But, hey — they manage to do that, too.
We can only imagine what a joy it is to give love to these precious babies every day.
According to the sanctuary, their office is within the nursery so caretakers are never far from the babies. Not only does this ensure that the babies are always under constant supervision (who knows what antics baby goats get up to?), it also makes it easy for caretakers to make sure that the little ones are never lonely. Thanks to the sanctuary’s dedication to all animals who enter their care, these orphans will be able to grow into happy, healthy, and properly socialized adults … and they get to cuddle baby goats and other animals. What a great way to de-stress!
To learn more about Santuario Igualdad Interspecie, visit their official website.
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