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Britain’s Loneliest Sheep Destined to Suffer at Scottish ‘Petting Zoo’

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

(Pictured, ‘Fiona’ in the cave she has sheltered in for the last two years - Animal Rising)

Since Monday, supporters of Animal Rising have been in the Highlands of Scotland preparing to rescue ‘Britain’s Loneliest Sheep’. The individuals involved found a way to reach the sheep now known as Fiona. They spent the past five days in a row getting closer to Fiona ahead of a rescue planned for this Sunday, 5th November, intending to take her to Tribe Animal Sanctuary near Glasgow.

The rescue was arranged in collaboration with an adjacent landowner with connections to the Royal Family, whose name we agreed not to release.

This morning, the landowner facilitated a separate, covert operation to take Fiona to live at a well-known, but currently unnamed, Scottish petting zoo [1]. The Scottish SPCA were in attendance and have not objected to this plan despite admitting previously that Fiona will be ‘fearful’ of people and find interactions ‘distressing’ after two years alone [2].

Local Animal Rising supporter, Jamie Moyes, said:
“We are of course pleased Fiona is no longer stranded, but it is completely unacceptable that she would be taken to a ‘petting zoo’ when she has already suffered for the last two years. We reached an agreement with the landowner for her to be rescued and taken to a safe and peaceful sanctuary, but he went behind our back to make a spectacle of her instead.
Petting zoos can be stressful for any animal, but especially for one that has lived alone for the last two years and will likely now be mobbed by daily visitors owing to her celebrity status. The right thing to do would be to allow her to live out the rest of her life safely at Tribe Animal Sanctuary, who already agreed to home her.”


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Liz Grimes
Liz Grimes
Nov 06, 2023

I would have thought you would be pleased that Fiona has been rescued & been checked by 2 vets (another coming to see her this afternoon), been shorn & found a safe home. If you had done any research on the farm you would know how they care for their animals with love & kindness. They have a sheep at the veterinary hospital which has been there for approximately 21/2 months. They took a companion animal there to keep her company while awaiting her operation. Not the treatment given to farmers who don’t care for their animals. There are other examples - including several rescue animals despite you saying Fiona was the first. They’ve had pigs, donkeys, a tortoise, rabbits…


C March
C March
Nov 05, 2023

So these guys didn't do jack shit to help when people put their lives at risk, but think its ok to harass those who did. Shame


Kathy Barnett
Kathy Barnett
Nov 05, 2023

You need to get your facts straight. Dalscone Farm is NOT a petting zoo, it is a working farm. The family who own the farm have done more for their animals than any other farmer I have known. Look at their page and review anything you can find on "Gina", a sheep who was sent to have surgery on her leg so she would not have to be put down. How many farmers have you known to do that for a sheep?

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