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New ambassador animals added to Sanctuary One as facility prepares to reopen

APPLEGATE — If you decide to check out Sanctuary One when it reopens for public tours Friday, a new trio of young bleating kids will be part of the neighborhood that greets you.

The trio — 4-month-old Nubian goats named Ned, Lucky and Dusty — are affectionately called the Three Amigos.

“We are utterly in love with them,” said Megan Flowers, Sanctuary One executive director. “They are absolutely precious. They are such wonderful little fellows, and they have such fun little personalities, all very distinct.”

The animals came to Sanctuary One in late April from Puget Sound Goat Rescue in Washington state. They were part of an eight-goat cohort. Of the original group, five were adopted out. Ned, Lucky and Dusty have stayed behind as ambassadors, meaning they will greet guests. They will also work with field trip students and service learning groups.

Other ambassador animals include pigs Jigsaw, Pickles and Gumball, and Tippi the cat.

“These three are extremely social, so I’m pretty sure they’re going to love every minute of it when they get to meet more and more people,” Flowers said.

The animals’ distinct personalities range from tender to hyper.

Dusty’s a cuddler, while Ned’s more of a showoff. Lucky used to be the largest, but Ned’s started to pass him in size, leaving Lucky with a small chip on his shoulder.

“He’s sort of wrestling and making sure he gets his share of the food,” Flowers said. “He will get right up into the hay holder, and he will get his head right inside to make sure he gets the best hay before the others do.”

All three are quite vocal.

“My staff are known to talk back, which is always fun to watch,” Flowers said.

As tours resume, new health protocols intended to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus will be in place. The facility follows state guidelines for recreation and business. The new protocols will include hand-washing stations, physical distancing between parties, and mask-wearing. Tours will not exceed 25 people and will not include the interior of the farmhouse, cat cottage or dog cottage areas.

“I’m really excited though,” Flowers said. “It’s been six weeks with no tours, and we miss them.”

Registration is required for tours. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see sanctuaryone.org/visit-volunteer.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

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