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Felix

Felix, shortly after arriving. Photo by Bob Esposito.

Felix the sheep came to us at just one month old; a little lamb who was found injured at a sheep farm in 2008. Exactly what happened nobody knows, but it was suspected that he was attacked by a predator who ripped off part of his back leg. Luckily, he managed to escape — but due to his injuries, he was tossed into a pen and slated to be “culled” for use as meat later that day. An employee of the farm took notice and brought little Felix to safety, and within days he was transported to WFS.

Felix spent the first few months at Woodstock Sanctuary living in the house with co-founders Jenny and Doug for bottle feeding while his leg healed. When he was big enough, he joined the other sheep and was quickly accepted into the herd.


Felix with his first prosthetic limb

Felix got around on his remaining three legs until he was around 4 years of age when signs of stress began to show in his other legs. We drove Felix down to Virginia to meet with a specialist who makes prosthetics and orthotics for animals with amputations and limb deformities.

It was such a miracle to see Felix walk on all four legs for the first time since he was just a little lamb! Felix needed physical therapy, but quickly adjusted to his new artificial limb.

Felix, fully grown!

After a few years, Co-Founder Jenny Brown got in touch with her prosthetist who teamed up with SUNY New Paltz to use the school’s 3D printer to make Felix an upgraded, lighter weight leg that would closer replicate his actual leg. It took the team more than a year to make the final version, but the outcome was beautiful. Felix walks with ease on his prosthetic leg, you wouldn’t even be able to tell from a distance!

Our caregivers will now alternate between having his prosthetic leg on and off to give his leg some air.
Felix is one of the friendliest, gentlest, attention-seeking sheep and loves to meet new people. Many times, our visitors won’t even be able to snap a good photo of him because he is constantly running up to them to rub against them and be petted. He looks a little different than the rest of our flock because he was born to be raised for meat so he doesn’t have the typical woolly look like our other sheep, though he fits in and we love him just the same.

Your support helps us rescue and support animals like Felix. Thank you!

 

Felix was featured on “Great Big Story” in the Fall of 2015

 

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