The fantastic farm is a charitable trust, which gives permanent homes to livestock who are elderly, disabled or have special needs.
Founded by Di Slaney, the sanctuary is run by a specialist team, plus volunteers and funded by donations.
If you would like to help the animals donations are always welcome, visit the Manor Farm website at www.manorfarmcharitabletrust.org and hit the donations button from the home page.
Here are just some of the farm’s extraordinary characters…
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5. Pick pockets Mungo and Miny live a life of luxury at the sanctuary
Here is Mungo and Miny, who came to Manor Farm in 2013 as abandoned goslings. It’s never ideal to keep wildlife in captivity long term but these stunning Greylag geese were too tame to be set free so they live a safe life of luxury alongside the sanctuary’s 80 hens, ducks and other geese. They’re very cheeky and will run off with things from pockets given half a chance!
Photo: Manor Farm
6. Cheeky Teddy is a magician who can make things disappear!
Meet Teddy the cheeky Dartmoor pony who came to live at Manor Farm in 2018. She had been saved by another rescue from entering the pet food chain. She’s a minx and can’t be trusted to leave wheelbarrows, brushes, clothing and visitors alone - her favourite trick is to steal something then run off and trample it, knowing that it’s impossible to chase and catch her! Teddy lives with her friends, the miniature Shetland pony Buttons and donkeys Hugo and George.
Photo: Manor Farm
7. Blind mallard Stevie is quackers over wife Wanda who leads the way
Meet Stevie, the blind Mallard duck. Stevie came to the sanctuary in 2014 from another local rescue which had done a brilliant job of saving him from death after he’d been attacked and sustained traumatic eye damage. Now completely blind, he does really well in a secure pen at Manor Farm with his wife Wanda as his loudly quacking ‘guide duck’. They’re a very sweet couple! Photo by Courtney Woolhouse.
Photo: Manor Farm/Photo by Courtney Woolhouse.
8. The mighty horns of Bertie 'Shedbasher' won him his Viking name!
Meet Bert (aka Bertie Shedbasher) the pygmy goat who came to the sanctuary in 2012 as one of the very first goats to arrive at Manor Farm. His age is unknown as he was saved from slaughter and became a pet before coming into rescue, but he’s probably in his mid-teens. Bert is a grand old man who is struggling a bit now with digestive issues but he’s always been a very strong character and his attitude carries him through! Any new bits of construction get a thorough test from those mighty horns, proving how Bertie Shedbasher got his ‘Viking’ nickname. Photo by Annice Bridgett.
Photo: Manor Farm/Annice Bridgett