Meet the Animals
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Beetle the Appaloosa
Beetle, an Appaloosa horse, joined the Green Chimneys equine program from a private farm in Connecticut. He has a diverse background in multiple riding disciplines; his previous owner kept him in excellent condition through long-distance trail riding. Beetle also had basic training in the sport of Dressage, as well as jumping and other competitive events. Appaloosas are known for their beautiful spotted coats and typically have a small build. Beetle has a touch of Thoroughbred in his lineage which may explain his height: 16.3 hands tall! Students are often in awe of Beetle’s bold appearance, but then they are pleased to discover his sensitive, inquisitive nature.
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Meet the Bantam chicken family: a hen that arrived at Green Chimneys with seven new baby chicks in tow. A local resident who keeps chickens discovered the eggs in the hen’s nest and realized that many chicks would need a bigger home. Once they hatched, she wanted to keep the family together and brought Mama and her chicks to the Green Chimneys Farm where they took up residence in the bunny hutch, living together happily with their rabbit roommates. The two roosters and five hens have grown up looking just like their black and white-speckled mom so there’s no mistaking this family resemblance!
This barred owl fell from his nest and ended up on the ground in New Paltz, NY where he was rescued and cared for but it was quickly apparent that he was severely disfigured. He had a twisted, crooked beak, his wing feathers weren’t fully developed and one eye was shut while the other did not look as it should. This was not a bird that could be released back into the wild. Green Chimneys wildlife specialists worked with a local veterinary hospital to improve the bird’s health and determined that the owl was totally blind in one eye and 80-90% blind in the other. It is a wonder that nature had allowed him to survive but he is now living quite well at Green Chimneys where the children enjoy supervised visits and help clean his cage, feed him, and wash his food and water bowls. It feels good to care for a creature that needs you.
The children of Green Chimneys extended a warm welcome to Bella, a miniature Jersey heifer that arrived from Pennsylvania in the fall of 2013. Bella was born on July 4, 2012 and at 4 feet high, will grow just a little bit bigger. Getting used to a new place is never easy but Bella found a loyal friend in her first few months. One student who had a particularly emotional connection to an animal that had passed on happened to meet Bella during her very first week. He immediately gravitated to her but was cautious in his interactions as he still missed his “favorite”. Over time, he became very comfortable around Bella, who was especially responsive to him until one day he declared her to be his new favorite animal. The friendship was cemented!
Bo Peep arrived at just 3 months old from a local lamb and mutton farm that felt her slower growth would prevent her from keeping up with the rest of the flock. She was also in need of veterinary care for infections in both eyes and an upper respiratory infection. Bo received the care and love she needed and is now strong and healthy but remains a bit smaller than her peers. She loves following around her human friends and while she is housed with two goat kids she still prefers people, knocking staff with her front hoof if their attention veers even a minute.
Dixie the Pony
Copper the Tamworth Pig
Gracie & Reba
Donkeys Gracie and Reba have been residents of the farm since 1996 and are particularly valuable partners for the children because they offer immediate feedback on behavior. They are patient, shy and headstrong but because donkeys only acknowledge humans who appear calm, this pair helps children learn the skills necessary to approach them gently and quietly. Gracie and Reba also have an extraordinary bond and have difficulty being apart so students must keep this in mind, even for basic tasks such as walking them. If the donkeys lose sight of each other they will start calling to one another so students work together to make sure the pair can see each other for their entire journey outside. It’s a genuine lesson in the importance of paying attention to how someone other than yourself is feeling.
Nutmeg the Goat
Britt the Pony Mule
Ari & Dinky
The Green Chimneys farm truly does feel like home when you have your own family member by your side. Brothers Ari & Dinky live happily together in the horse barn but their relationship is also peppered with typical brotherly behavior such as playful squabbles and hints of competition. These miniature horses are very curious, quite personable, and greet visitors without hesitation. Green Chimneys students learn many things from the animals and their histories and relationships can be valuable teaching points, sometimes helping students to relate and better understand their own family situations.
This turkey vulture made a surprising entrance into the world after a local resident’s dog presented her with an usually large egg. The woman planned to bring it to Green Chimneys as soon as she was able but nature had other plans, and the egg hatched! She kept the hatchling on a heating blanket and brought it to the Wildlife Center the very next day. Staff cared for the new bird by keeping it warm and closely monitoring its food intake and weight, until the vulture showed signs of healthy growth. Although our goal is to restore health and support each animal’s successful return to the wild, human contact from such a young age sometimes removes that possibility. So this young vulture will live his life at Green Chimneys where students will participate in his care.
Brook Lyn the Sheep
Bodhi is the Golden Retriever companion of Green Chimneys’ Admissions Supervisor and one of the most familiar faces on campus. Bodhi also holds the distinction of being a certified therapy dog and recently participated in Green Chimneys’ first funded research project studying the effect of involving a dog in social skills development training for children on the autism spectrum. Her full name, Bodhi Ani, means “Awakens/Enlightens Grace” and describes her personality and the role she embraces with the students on campus; Bodhi is very calm and grounded in her ability to awaken their potential while helping them to relax and feel at peace.