Huxley yearned for a better life for ten years. In all hours of the day and night at the New Jersey zoo he called home, he could be seen pressed up against the fence surrounding his enclosure. Visitors could not help but notice Huxley’s sorrow, which earned him the nickname “the depressed ram.”
But better times lay coming; he simply wasn’t aware of them yet.
“Before Huxley’s liberation, he laid flat on the ground 24/7 and he didn’t have shelter or a single friend,” Rian Feldman, founder of Uncle Neil’s Home (UNH), a farm animal rescue, told The Dodo.. “It was obvious that he had given up on life.”
Huxley desperately needed help if he wanted to survive.
“He didn’t have shelter and was suffering from an injured front leg,” UNH wrote on Facebook. “We submitted an urgent proposal to county commissioners to release Huxley to us, and as soon as the proposal was accepted, we brought Huxley home to UNH.”
A full medical exam showed the ram was suffering from severe osteoarthritis, requiring steroid injections, laser therapy and pain management.
Feldman continued to consider escape routes even after he had left Huxley’s side.
As Feldman put it, “I could see and feel his enormous anguish, and it kept me up at night and filled me with agony and heartache.” “When I closed my eyes, I would imagine him laying on the ground. I told him I would get him out one day. Until the county gave him up, I didn’t stop fighting.
Huxley made it to the house where he’ll contentedly spend the rest of his days.
Huxley is currently leading a fulfilling life. He is now “the happy ram,” one that can be seen laughing in the meadow with his companions, rather than “the gloomy ram.”
Huxley is really content, in the moment, and at ease, according to Feldman. Our other sheep inhabitants fell in love with him right away, and he made himself at home as soon as he entered the sanctuary. He is content, adored, and each morning he has a renewed sense of vigor for life that he had not experienced before his release.