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Farm’s Truck Totaled in Ice Incident

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The important thing is that no one was hurt!  On Sunday, December 4, 2011, Farm Manager Sheila Hyslop used up one of her nine lives during a trip to pick up several animals at Cornell’s Large Animal Hospital in Ithaca, NY.  She hit some black ice and slid off a mountain road, flipping over the guardrail and down an embankment.  The truck landed on the driver side and Sheila had to stand on the steering wheel to get out the passenger side window.  Her first thought was to call Cornell to tell them she’d be late to get the animals!  This was difficult to do since her cellphone was spread out in several pieces over a few yards.  Fortunately someone came down the road right away and a state trooper was nearby to assist.  Sheila went to the hospital for x-rays and a CAT scan and walked out with some bruises and a sore neck.

Fortunately regular volunteers Mike and Wendy Stura were at the farm when this happened and they jumped into their truck and made the 3+ hour trek to get all the patients — human and otherwise — in one trip.  Late Sunday evening they pulled up to the farm with Sheila and dropped off young pigs Olive and Curly, who’d just been spayed, Boone the turkey, who had a badly infected toe amputated, and Star, a hermaphroditic goat who required surgery too.

As the only reliable vehicle we own, we immediately needed to buy another truck, an unexpected expense that cost us $24,000.  Please consider a donation to help offset this.  All donations made in December will be matched by an anonymous donor!


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