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Many visitors to Pets Corner have met our handsome new donkey, George and heard his unmistakable bray! We were delighted to be able to offer George a home as he was rescued from owners who were unable to care for him. We are not an animal sanctuary and do not usually have the facilities to take on unwanted animals, so are happy that circumstances allowed us to take on another donkey.

When he came to us, George was suffering from overgrown hooves and a hoof condition called laminitis, which resulted in him having great difficulty in walking. We’ve been working closely with the vet and the farrier and are happy to report that George’s condition has improved greatly. However, as we try to correct the problem and strengthen his legs, it is important that he does not overexert himself. As a result, he is being carefully supervised and spends much of his day in Pets Corner while he builds his strength and confidence. Here in Pets Corner, he seems to be enjoying the company of our visitors and the new orphan lambs.


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Today we officially launched our new and improved ponds! The afternoon was a celebration of pond life with activities including pond dipping, wildlife-themed arts and crafts and opportunities to discover some the wild residents of Mudchute’s ponds with our visitors.

mudchute-easter14-3260Over the winter, we worked with Tower Hamlets and Froglife to restore and improve our ponds (see details here) and we’ve already noticed common frogs making the new and improved ponds a breeding site. Today’s pond dipping activities gave us a chance to look below the surface.

Using the new viewing platform as a base, pond dippers of all ages and experience levels took part in exploring pond life. We got a fantastic glimpse at many of our wild aquatic residents, which included tadpoles, water boatmen, young newts, caddisfly and damselfly larvae as well as lots of ramshorn snails and hoglice (an aquatic cousin of the familiar woodlouse).

We hope all our visitors enjoyed the day as much as we did and we look forward to watching our new ponds and their wild residents grow and mature! You can find more photos of the day’s activities below. Thank yo again to all who took part!


The first of our 2014 lambs were born yesterday!

Yesterday saw the arrival of the first of 2014 lambs!

Yesterday was a busy day on the farm, marking the arrival of four new lambs to Mudchute! One pair were expected, while the other arrived over a week before they were due. There are always surprises in the lambing shed and we’re delighted to report that they are happy and healthy, as is mum.

Meet our new orphan lambs.

Meet our new orphan lambs.


Two of our new lambs are ‘orphans’ from another farm that we will be rearing over the coming months. Just a few days old, these two Texel cross lambs have either been rejected by their mothers or were born as triplets (or sometimes quadruplets!). If a ewe produces more lambs than she can provide milk for, some of the lambs are removed to be bottlefed or adopted by other sheep. Rearing lambs by bottlefeeding is time consuming work as the lambs require milk throughout the day and night. A big thank you to our dedicated farm team who are working around the clock to care for our adorable new additions!

bonnietwinsThey were joined on the farm by a pair of Oxford Down twins, who arrived over a week early. Despite their early arrival, the twins (one boy and one girl) are a good size and were delivered by their mum without difficulty. Welcome to the world little lambs and congratulations mum!

The new lambs are the first of several newborns expected over the coming weeks and the long shifts and night checks have begun. Thank you to our farm staff for pulling together at such a busy time!

We’ll be sure to keep you up to date as they are joined by more new arrivals, so watch this space!

Just a few hours old!

Just a few hours old!

Farmer Christy tending the new lambs.

Farmer Christy tending the new lambs.

Ensuring the lambs get the antibody rich first milk (colostrum).

Ensuring the lambs get the antibody rich first milk r colostrum.

The newborn lambs are up on their feet in no time at all!

The newborn lambs are up on their feet in no time at all!

The new lambs are now nursing well.

The new lambs are now nursing well.

The new twins.

The new twins.

Sundae treating the lambs' umbilical cords with iodine to prevent infection.

Sundae treating the lambs’ umbilical cords with iodine to prevent infection.

A proud Bonnie!

A proud Bonnie!

The girls in the maternity ward.

The girls in the maternity ward, more lambs should be on their way soon!