Where Valentin used to live, there was another, much more handsome donkey jack. Little Valentin also had a leg deformity that wasn't supposed to be inherited. So he lost his place to a more handsome, white donkey jack. We agree to accept him so nothing can happen to him. A magic spell is on our sanctuaries that are open to visitors. Every week thousands of people are visiting us and even the indifferent weather isn't keeping them away. Things can change every hour. A sensation: Germany's Federal Agriculture Minister plans to stop the killing of male chicks...
Valentin (1 yr.) has reached maturity and was neutered shortly before his arrival. His hormones still dictate what he thinks and feels. That's why it's a little early to let him walk out with the others. He would lose his cool among over 40 other fabulous donkey mares! But in a few weeks there'll no longer be any risk of reproduction.
Meanwhile Bandit and Michaela, the escapee cow from the cemetery, have joined forces. But for Bandit there's already a new challenge. Wilma - another escapee from the slaughterhouse - arrived after her 30-day quarantine and she couldn't be more difficult. She doesn't even let us muck out properly. She'd like to pin us down on her non-existent horns! So we thought - only Bandit can help out here. We built an access route from Wilma's box to a paddock and let her roam free. She ran outside like a wild bull! She first fought with Michaela - that was child's play for her. Then, it was Bandit's turn. When he gave in, everything was fine with the world for Wilma. Her new life can begin.
Everything's now fine after clearing up who's the boss, and Wilma feels happy in the company of Bandit and Michaela.
Spring has arrived in all corners of Gut Aiderbichl. Visit us and enjoy a world of happy animals at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf near Salzburg, Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf near near Munich and Gut Aiderbichl Deggendorf (open daily!).
Before Easter, Germany's Federal Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt made a surprise and sensational announcement. From 2017 no male chicks of laying hens will be gassed and destroyed. His plan has been fully approved. In future, eggs will be examined to determine whether they have female or male chicks. If it turns out to be a male chick, the hatching process is stopped. Finally, after ten years of torture a dredful human sin will end. Please support our equine and donkey project or become a sponsor for the new arrival, donkey Valentin! Report dated 3 April 2015
Christa Clarin Rescues Two Ponies The two ponies, Mom Trixi (18 yrs.) and daughter Sunny (3 yrs.) could no longer stay where they were living and were supposed to be slaughtered. A period of grace: in Trixi's hores passport there is a note "not for slaughter". And Sunny's passport still had to be issued, otherwise no butcher would have taken her. When Christa Clarin heard about the emergency she got involved to ensure these two could come to our sanctuary... As promised, the parrots video (arrival at the parrot house) from Kai...
They're alive - thanks to Christa Clarin's efforts...
Little Sunny is just three years old and yet she was still supposed to perish. Christa Clarin purchased the transfer rights for her and Mom Trixi. The journey to Gut Aiderbichl was tough for Sunny and her winter coat was wet and soaked through with sweat. She was frightened on the way here. She can't reveal anything to us about her previous life. But her bad hooves hint that her owners had no idea about ponies, or they just didn't care. Besides, because of her maltreatment Sunny suffers from the incurable condition laminitis. She'll never be allowed to munch fresh grass.
Mom Trixi is 18 years old - she was certainly once the centre of the youngsters' lives. When she had her foal three years ago, she was the centre of attention again. From then on, things obviously went downhill...
Gut Aiderbichl at the Easter Market in 2005. Three co-campaigners who supported Gut Aiderbichl: Hans Clarin (l.), his wife Christa Clarin and Karl Moik (r.). Their presence helped to spread the word about our Easter Market. Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf earns its own revenue to cover its extremely high costs for keeping animals - from ticket sales, its restaurant, the shop and sponsorships... Hans Clarin died that year - in August 2005. Karl Moik died last week on 26 March 2015. Christa Clarin had already helped four Haflinger foals - and now she's supported Trixi and Sunny...
Christa Clarin purchased the transfer rights for the two ponies. Now, we're appealing for sponsors. Please help us and support our work with a sponsorship or a donation for our equine projects.
The parrots have now settled in well at Gut Aiderbichl Gänserndorf. They relocated last week. Enjoy the amazing pictures...
Report dated 29 March 2015 Parrots' Relocation Under Way Fritzi, Tristan & Co. Relocate to New Home The first parrots have moved into the brand-new parrot house at Gut Aiderbichl Gänserndorf. It's touching how they trust us and overcome their uncertainty about this event. Tristan, the talking parrot, remarks, "Somebody there again!" and Grünli, who adopted his previous owner's vocabulary, says to Maria, "Tramp and Holy Sacrament!". Then he gives a dirty laugh. But he doesn't know what he's saying. Enjoy the pictures of the relocation...
We're Always Thinking - They're Worth It!
Fritzi used the four-hour journey to try an escape. He was driving in Maria's car - she'd been lovingly caring for him for a long time. He was so quiet pecking away at the transport basket that Maria didn't notice a thing!
We let Fritzi climb out of his "escape hole" - but his efforts were still worthwhile. He inquisitively steps onto the lawn in the indoor enclosure.
The transport boxes are numbered. Our team has to be very careful. The individual groups have got used to each other. If they came together with parrots they're unfamiliar with, there could be some injuries.
Brigitte is one of the animal carers who will continue looking after the parrots.
Karol (l.) already got to know the parrots in Henndorf.
"The main thing is - you're here." That's what these two both seem to say. Here, they've more than 4 times as much space as in Henndorf. There's no comparison with the situation we took them away from. Find out in the upcoming reports how wonderfully their new home is equipped.
Are you an Aiderbichl member? Then you should definitely join us on 25 April when our spacious new parrot house will be officially opend. A milestone in Aiderbichl's story (please contact us and register if you plan to attend).
If you look at these parrots, you're happy and sad at the same time. You think about why humans are destroying the rainforests and so the parrots' home. But you also think about why people keep parrots in small cages. Gut Aiderbichl is one of the few organizations that accept the poorest of the poor parrots. Please help us and arrange a sponsorship!
Report dated 25 March 2015 Even our animals are captivated: La Vivi Enchants Henndorf Take a look at Kerstin's unique photos and a video showing little La Vivi. She's just three days old. You'll gain an impression of how quickly a foal has to develop. Horses originally inhabited the steppes where all sorts of enemies were lurking. That's why the're incredibly nimble after just a few days. At Gut Aiderbichl visitors and other ponies and donkeys are lurking around. The're captivated and really wish they could be mothers. Do you feel like that?
If La Vivi is lucky she'll still be around to witness the year 2065!
...because ponies can even live to the grand age of 50. We really hope that this happens for her - humans had planned to "throw her away" at the slaughterhouse. Her one-eyed mother couldn't be happier. The misery is long forgotten...
A really special parade. Animal carer Antonio leads La Vivi away at the front. Mom Laurel naturally follows along with a crowd of curious pony mares. A birth at Gut Aiderbichl is something extra special. Only animals that were rescued when they were pregnant have youngsters at our sancutary.
"Mom, can I?" little La Vivi seems to ask. And the happiest ever horse Mom in the world gives her OK...
Drunk with happiness the three-days-old foal gallops across the paddock.
She wants to be near her Mom - for an important reason:
Considering the suffering that the ex-circus pony mare had to endure, she's like a perfect horse mother...
La Vivi gets to know the world of Gut Aiderbichl and its inhabitants...
...when evening falls the two go back into the stable...
Until the end of the holidays, at Gut Aiderbichl the Easter Market is now open. We dedicate the proceeds along with sponsorships and donations to fund the happiness of animals that were once all alone... Please give us your support!
Report dated 23 March 2015 The happy news about four rescued circus ponies Foal La Vivi: A Happy New Arrival! The death of her Mom and three other circus ponies was agreed. At the very last moment, we purchased their transfer rights. Mom mare Laurel and pony Nelke were in such a bad state that they each had to loose one eye. But now there was a real surprise. At the weekend, Laurel (15 yrs.) gave birth to a healthy foal filly - she would have been killed along with her Mom if the plan had been put into action. But a miracle meant things turned out very differently. The photos were taken just after the birth of sweet little La Vivi - she might never have been born.
Minutes after the birth of little La Vivi. Mom Laurel celebrates her birthday together with her in a box with plenty of hay. These wo are so happy - it's touching. Martina Neureiter was there and this time she photographed the amniotic sac, in which La Vivi developed. That nature has devised such an amazing system almost wasn't that helpful for little La Vivi. In her sac she would have been carelessly thorwn into a waste container with the so-colled slaughter waste, while her Mom would have been bled to death on a hook. That happens so often - a million times over.
We know the endless suffering of Mom Laurel. As soon as she arrived at our sanctuary, we took her to an eye specialist.
Her eye had to be removed. She was sad, depressed, humbled and abandoned by everything and everyone. But since she recovered from the operation, she's gained confidence again.
All four circus ponies from this rescue now live happily at Gut Aiderbichl. But the real star of the Easter Market is little La Vivi.
Despite all the joy, at the same time we lost an Aiderbichl horse in the US. The warmblood gelding Max (24 yrs.) with Hanoverian pedigree was advertised back in 2011 in a local newspaper as a "free giveaway". Diana, who represents Gut Aiderbichl in the US, was curious. She found the former top dressage horse emaciated. After consulting with Michael Aufhauser, she took him to the ranch where other Aiderbichl horses were living. Now, he's gone over the Rainbow Bridge to a better world. A big thank you to all Aiderbichl members for helping us give him four more happy years.
Every day so much is happening at Gut Aiderbichl. But we realize we're able to do something truly special. We help animals in need. A big thank you to everybody who supports us. La Vivi is now - for a while - the youngest animal at Gut Aiderbichl. Please do something positive and become a sponsor for a foal that would never have been born!
Report dated 4. February 2015 She was with us for 9 years Shock: Bieni Has Passed Away Bieni was probably the world’s most famous goat. She attracted the attention of every visitor at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf because of her malpositioned neck. She suffered this when she was a research animal for trainee vets during their university course and while they learned how to inject animals. By accident, one of her nerves was injured in her neck. Although it didn’t appear so at first sight, she felt absolutely no pain. Her optimistic character and joie de vivre made everyone feel enthusiastic. She also loved brass bands! We will really miss her. A report and video to remember her...
Bieni taught us about goats and their world
Bieni only occasionally retreated. She loved being
the centre of attention. She really loved children – and they loved her. She
endured a difficult fate with dignity – a disability due to human error.
Many people were curious to learn about it and listened to our explanations.
Plenty of people don’t know that goats are also kept in big herds. And that
many male kid goats mainly only live for a few weeks. Then, they’re almost all
When wind and brass instruments played at our
sanctuary on a variety of occasions, Bieni always walked with the band...
But Bieni also taught us
something else. When it became clear that she would always have her disability,
the university students campaigned for her to live. That was 9 years ago and
still fairly unusual. Bieni inspired us to reflect and think differently.
Several days ago, Bieni wasn’t doing well and so we took her to the best
ruminant animal clinic with her friend, Angelo. She was suffering from a neurological
problem with epileptic fits and she was getting weaker and weaker. When it
became clear her condition is incurable and would also be painful, we let her
pass away peacefully. We simply imagine that she’s now living in a better
world. That her neck is straight again and she can be happy.
Our thanks go to all the sponsors and our team for giving Bieni nine wonderful years.
We're advising Bieni's sponsors to transfer their sponsorships to Angelo. He was her best friend and loyal partner to the end. Angelo arrived in 2007 - otherwise he'd have been slaughtered.
Currently, over 300 rescued goats live at Gut Aiderbichl. Thanks to the sponsors and patrons, we can always help in really desperate, life-threatening cases. Please support us and become an animal sponsor, or make a donation to our non-profit foundations.
Report dated 1. February 2015 Donkey Clarissa (15 yrs.) lost her home... Tragedy in the life of dog Tatanga (7 yrs.) When Tatanga first met his new master, he was 59 and things were going really well for the artist. Then, he suffered a stroke, took refuge in alcohol and realized that he can no langer carry on. It was a human tragedy and thankfully for him - he has friends. They give Tatanga a home, but sensibly insisted that he also finds a new home. A farmer's decision was also sensible. Donkey Clarissa was allowed up to the Alpine pastures with the cows for the entire summer, but with her own kind... Fabulous winter photos of Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia...
Tatanga was lucky. And somehow, so was his master - it's better that way in some cases. Animals can't talk; they can't call anyone for help. That was incredibly important here. A dog of a certain age deserves a life that's true to his own kind. In our dog familiy at Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia, he's already made new friends. He's close to Hannes (above). Plus, he has three spacious open-air freewheeling meadows and walks all day long - and even an excursion to the big freewheeling meadow of Gut Aiderbichl just a few kilometres away. His day must be exciting! The pictures were taken yesterday and Carinthia was covered with a dusting of snow.
Although in summer she wanted for nothing when she became a "cow companion" on the mountain pastures, the winters were monotonous. She doesn't graze and bovines speak a different language than her own kind. And there are long periods in the stable, depending on the weather. The farmer took the opportunity - Clarissa should have a better life. Now, it's just as wonderful in winter as in summer-time at Gut Aiderbichl Carinthia.
Instead of ski slopes, here, there's a donkey and pony slope - and Clarissa has already grasped that! She's just 15 years old and is right at the front during the gallops! Schoko, Legolas, Winnetou, Susi, Lucy, Kiddy, Sam and Pico dan't hide their astonishment. The training on the mountain meadows has paid off. If she's lucky, she can reach the age of 50! Our stags also watch in wonder...
Sophie, Andi and Hiltraut
Do you remember the one-year-old stag, Rudi? A farmer saved his life. He was so tame that we loaded him without tranquillizing him and tempted him just with a few biscuits. He's not castrated and really proud of his first antlers. How Aiderbichl makes stags turn out!
Time's not just flying for our animals. Our sanctuaries offer protection to over 6,000 rescued animals. Thank you to everybody for making this possible! If you're not an Aiderbichl member yet, please hurry and join! Or pledge your support with a donation for our non-profit foundations.
Report dated 27. January 2015 Winter unexpectedly returned... Our chimpanzees in fresh snow
Actually, we weren't expecting snow any longer. So the chimpanzees were even more delighted about winter's return today in Gänserndorf, near Vienna. Now they're acting as if they were ludicrously experienced with the majestic white scene. But when they experienced snow for the first time in their lives, they found it very unnerving. We're so happy that we can offer our traumatized ex-lab chimpanzees such a wonderful life...
Gut Aiderbichl's Sanctuary for Traumatized Chimpanzees and other Primates in Winter 2015
Helene (33 yrs.) Moritz (32 yrs.) and Helene
Helene is the highest-ranking female in the group. Moritz is the next highest-ranking male. So it's up to the boss to investigate the snow. But the most popular thing is the drain cover - it's snow-free! Snow was not at all natural for either of them. Helene was born in 1982 and Moritz in 1983, deep in the jungle in Africa. All their relatives, even their mothers were killed in the hail of bullets from the trappers. From here, they were transported to Orth an der Donau to a research lab. In 2009, we accepted them into our protection...
Anton (33 yrs.)
Anton took part in animal research from 1986 to 1997. Since he's been living in Gänserndorf, he supports Helene as the group's "fitness trainer". But today his prospects weren't great, so he's concentrating on the snow-topped ball, all alone. His playmates prefer the war indoor enclosure. But he's also seated in a snow-free spot...
That's really no good! What is a dark tree sump doing in the middle of the sparkling white snow? Schuscha arrived in the lab from Africa in 1982 - she was part of a breeding scheme there. She's a single parent of Xsara and David. She expects things to be tidy - even in the snow!
In B enclosure where chimpanzees live that were isolated for years, the snow is the day's biggest excitement. For Fifi (30 yrs.), it's even the first snow of his life. He probably suffered the most from being always locked in...
Spring is just around the corner and then sponsors, who support our chimpanzees, can also visit them. But there's another big surprise. On 25 April, Gut Aiderbichl is holding its spring meeting to celebrate the opening of the parrot house and the large fox enclosure at Gänserndorf. Our sponsors and patrons will receive individual invitations. You can enjoy last year's fil again that shows our chimpanzees when they first experienced the snow...
Report dated 15. January 2015
Why Good-natured Animals Are at Risk: Heavy Horse Rescued from Fatality! Brösel (10 yrs.) belongs to an interesting breed related to the Belgian Brabant coldblooded horses. He's a Trekpaard Brabant - just 1,000 mares and 30 stallions are still alive. These horses once carried knights with heavy armour. They were then used mainly in agriculture. Nowadays, they're also popular with horsemeat suppliers. They didn't deserve this degradation - Brösel narrowly escaped some cruel treatment...
The Last Act of the Dutchman...
Brösel was in the most dangerous situation of his life: he was at a horse dealer's who had made a reputation with butchers for supplying heavy coldblooded horses. These clients were mainly located overseas, which meant a long transport journey for the horses. But this dealer also had a weaker side. He's an admirer of heavy horses. So, he picked up the telephone, contacted us and just wanted to enquire...
That was like destiny for the coldblooded stallion. It was fabulous timing. We'd just made space because of an internal reorganization...
Meanwhile, he's made friends with Krümel (right), our Brabant. They're probably the heaviest coldblooded horses, along with Percheron. Their unbelievably calm and good-natured temperaments are their distinguishing characteristics.
In comparison to Krümel (left), mini-horse Pumuckl and Brösel (right)
They're instinctively loyal towards humans. That's why they were such faithful companions dwon the centuries. It's a pity we humans give them little thanks for that.
Please support our equine projects. You can sponsor Brösel or make a donation to our non-profit foundations. Currently, more than 750 rescued horses are under the protection of 26 Aiderbichl sanctuaries!
Report dated 13 January 2015 Left Behind And No Pet Insurance! 3 Pinschers in Dire Need
The miniature male Pinschers Phil (15 yrs.) and Gusa (15 yrs.) as well as the bitch Julia (17 yrs.) were suddenly left alone in the world - in Oerlenbach, Lower Franconia. Their owner had passed away and had put no arrangements in place. It would have been terrible to split them up - now they're Aiderbichler...
They're suffering from ear infections, eye wounds, bad dental tartar, rounded claws and heart murmurs that don't sound good...
This is another déjà-vu experience for Julia. Her original mistress passed away and so she arrived at her now owner's - an animal-loving old lady. Phil and Guso already lived with her.
A picture from the old days that was handed to us: Phil and Gusa as puppies
They're Aiderbichler since the day before yesterday - and all three can stay together!
The condition of this small, timid group suggests that their owner was overwhelmed by the task of keeping them. They'll certainly have received plenty of affection and attention. Dogs that live with people in their old age tend to be very flexible and adjust. But the worst thing for them is being left alone. That's why it's essential for their owners, whatever their age, to think about what will become of their four-legged friends - just in case. The owner of the miniature Pinschers had overlooked this. We were notified by chance that nobody wanted to take them in.
Their last recorded injection: 2006, they're not castrated or sterilized
We know very little about these dogs. We have to be patient and find out about their likes and dislikes. All of this could have been avoided. While they still can, Aiderbichl Members can arrange insurance to help out in a case like this. That's how we get to know their preferences and anxieties. Please find out how you can insure your pets with Gut Aiderbichl's pet insurance plan.
Gut Aiderbichl's dog families live in small groups. They're supervised around the clock, they live in cosy, well-equipped quarters and enjoy what's so vital for them: plenty of walks! Gut Aiderbichl has a total of over 160,000 square metres of enclosed spaces for dogs. Walks without being on a leash are irreplaceable. This and much more makes their lives at Gut Aiderbichl a dog's dream. Generally, dogs also stay at our sanctuary until the end of their natural lives. A few that we feel would be happier living in a private home also have the option of a lifelong special home with a private carer. Currently, more than 250 dogs live under our protection. Gut Aiderbichl has 26 sanctuary estates and more than 300 experienced and dedicated animal carers.
Please support our canine projects - why not arrange a sponsorship? Or make a donation to our non-profit foundations, so we can lend a hand in urgent cases like this without thinking.
Report dated 9 January 2015 United at last - at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf Churchyard Cow Michaela & Bandit
Yesterday, it finally worked out! After Kaspar's papers were transferred, now we have Michaela's documents. She's an Aiderbichler! Meanwhile, we've introduced our most famous bull, Bandit. A fabulous meeting (video). A quick nudge and then a test of power! Both did well - and from now on they're living together at Aiderbichl Henndorf. Thank you to everyone!
You'll remember: a few days before Christimas, Michaela was to be sent for slaughter.
She was unloaded right here at this gate - probably, it was the stench of blood that suddenly made her panic and feel afraid. She broke loose and ran through the village - past a butcher's and to Marienplatz. She then made for the old town gate and escaped. Traffic and pedestrians were everywhere. Then, she suddenly stood before the B20 - in the early mornings, it's like a race track. She crossed over this road and then saw a place that she'd never become acquainted with in her life in the cowshed: a cemetery surrounded by old trees. She wanted to hide away here.
The fire service, police and a vet were quickly on site. The frightened cow (about 2 years old) was tranquillized and captured. Due to the tranquillizer and the fact that her meat cannot be used, then she was transferred to a stall for bovines.
Several days later, as soon as the medication was no longer in her system, she would have been collected again. She would have had to go through the same experience again. Gut Aiderbichl contacted the butcher and the owner. They were very understanding and agreed to Aiderbichl accepting her, but Michaela's health status had to be updated. That meant examining all the bovines that had previously lived with her. So, she had to wait. Yesterday - 8 January - we were given the go ahead. Martin, an Aiderbichl crew member, set off to collect her...
Before his departure, Martin gave her a clear sign of freedom: an Aiderbichl halter.
Anyone who looks into her eyes notices that this creature is longing for closeness and security. Bandit is a great character! He shows Michaela that things will be Okay now. He's been living at our sanctuary for several month now.
Then, a day after Michaela's arrival we took them both onto the meadow. That was a premiere - for Bandit as well. After he arrived, we had him castrated. He noticed his fellow kind, but he's never really been in the company of a fellow bovine. Beforehand, he was kept tethered - exactly like Michaela. Now, both had to remember what their instincts told them ever since bovines have existed on this earth! Although Michaela has no horns, she had to pretend to fight with Bandit. They both came out with top marks - Bandit is stronger and from now on Michaeela will wear the trousers!
Aiderbichl bovines repeatedly tell us (meanwhile, they're more than 550) that what humans see in them is simply too little. They're not stupid, and nor do they react indifferently or calmly to the suffering that we humans cause them. They're forced to do without so much in their lives. Many will say that human beings are King and that tey ulimately have to survive by relying on bovines and their products that were cruelly processed. So why do we discard over 30 per cent of their products without even having consumed them? It's worthwhile reflecting on this. We'll continue helping bovines in dire need...
Please arrange an animal sponsorship and support our bovine projects.
Report dated 6. January 2015
...now, we only need to collect Michaela the cow Happy Ending for Kaspar, the Forest Bull
Our animal rescue team was feeling slightly under the weather. Yesterday, they collected Kaspar the bull - he'd been living wild in the forest for some time. As mysterious as his past and sudden appearance are, loading him onto the transporter to return to Gut Aiderbichl was fairly easy. He seemed to sense he'd nothing left to fear. A vet, who interrupted her holiday to check on him, had rescued him. She'd also arranged for blood tests and the mandatory quarantine. She was relieved to say farewell to Kaspar...
The Last Chapter of a Fantastic Bull Rescue
He has the body of a one-year-old bull. But his horns suggest he's at least two years old. What did he go through? Suddenly he was there - right in the heart of the forest. Nobody missed him. He had no mandatory ear tags. A kind-hearted vet tranquillized him and made sure he was kept in quarantine. He had to stay on his own, unfortunately, there was no way to avoid this.
Kaspar in compulsory quarantine
When his blood tests were fine after a few weeks, he was registered and we were able to collect him.
Kaspar is as timid as a deer. He had to be kept under sedation during the journey.
Gut Aiderbichl Kilb will be Kaspar's home. It's a hillside location. The winter conditions meant his trailer had to be towed by a tractor with snow chains.
It's here in this spacious shed surrounded by wonderful pasture that Kaspar got to know his fellow kind - all of them have similar biographies. The others will help him overcome his anxiety and insecurities.
Things have come full circle again - a bull's life is in danger. A vet tried to find some other options apart from euthanizing him. Gut Aiderbichl can accept Kaspar and keep him until the end of his natural life. Naturally, some people consider this effort to be exaggerated. We Aiderbichler don't think like that. Gut Aiderbichl receives no public funding and our supporters donate their hard earned cash and savings. They could easily spend the money on a holiday in Spain and visit a bull fight that's promoted with EU funding (no less than 400 million euros of public money!). As Aiderbichler, we don't agree with this. If anyone has a problem with that, well that's up to them. There are always plenty of people who support the Gut Aiderbichl philosophy - and we say a big thank you to everyone who supports our work.
Report dated 5. January 2015 When the Final Curtain Falls... Farewell to Ex-Circus Pony Mini
This afternoon our beloved Mini (about
25 yrs.) - probably one of the world's best-known ponies - departed
forever. Michael Aufhauser first got to know him in 2003 at a circus. He
starred in the number "Mini and Maxi". We couldn't arrange his transfer
until 2010. His life was confined to the horse box and circus ring. He
had no experience of raming free in the meadow. Mini had to suppress for
an entire lifetime what ponies love to do best - until he relocated to
Gut Aiderbichl. He died in the clinic. His two friends, the mare Bella
and stallion Prinzi, accompanied him and returned without Mini...
Too Soon, but A Dignified Departure When stallions perform at the circus that usually means they're kept in isolation. They enter the circus ring once or twice a day to the sound of music and a whip. They work hard and do their best, like all circus members, to ensure the circus continues. But there's no time to keep them in a way that's true to their own kind. Maybe the many years without freedom and happiness were the reason for the relatively early departure of Mini to that great pasture in the sky (on the afternonn of 5th January 2015).
Yesterday evening, Mini was off his food. We all hoped things would return to normal. But when he ate nothing the next morning and seemed almost apathetic, we decided to transfer him to the equine clinic. Of course, his best friends Bella and Prinzi were allowed to join him. That's an Aiderbichl rule and helped plenty of other animals deal with a trip to the clinic. There was no real improvement in his condition here. He could't pass any droppings, so there was no other option than to put him under general anaesthetic and operate. His body was riddled with tumours - his colon, small intestine and other large tumour in-between.
When Mini and Maxi were finally able to relocate to our sanctuary they instantly showed that even after more than 15 years in the ring they'd not become accustomed to each other. They went their separate ways as soon as they arrived. Maxi took a shine to our Hummel and at first, totally traumatized, Mini stayed on his own. But then he could't resist the carm of Bella, the white mare. She also arrived from the circus. Besides, she had a best friend, ex-circus stallion Prinzi, They usually roamed the pasture as a threesome. They were totally happy together and Mini allowed himself to be something that he'd always had to suppress: he was moody and even disobedient. Nobody could demand anything of him. If he wanted to stay out on the meadow, he did so. Besides, we went ahead with his friends. Then he gladly followed because he never liked being separated from them.
Mini was very popular among Aiderbichl Friends and visitors to Henndorf. But he became really well known when his reins and feather plumes were finally taken away. His good-hearted temper and incredible charisma meant he needed no accessories. Just by being there, Mini attracted more visitors than in the circus ring! He made it possible for our guides to talk about circus horses and to make a few points clear. His tow friends - they would have ended up at the slaughterhouse, if they hadn't arrived at Gut Aiderbichl - will stand in for Mini now.
Without Gut Aiderbichl, Mini could have never shown his true nature. More than 750 rescued horses live at our animal sanctuaries. We look after them daily. We know each of them by name and appreciate their true characters. That's definitely unique. Please support us, so we can continue our work. Our suggestion for Mini's sponsors is that they may like to transfer their sponsorships to Prinzi and Bella. We'll never forget Mini!
Report dated 3 January 2015 He Should be Named Kaspar... CRIME THRILLER: The mysterious forest bull Nobody misses him. Nobody knows his story. He has no ear tags or chip. How long had he been living in the forest? There are plenty of puzzles surrounding Kaspar the bull. He looks like he's a one-year-old. But his horns show he has to be about 2 years old. A vet foght for his life - she tranquillized him and brought him to safety...
A true heroine: The vet who resued Kaspar!
Even checking the records of every farm bearby shed no light on where the handome bull came from. He's like a deer; he's incredibly timid. Aiderbichler Iwan the bull - he lived in the forest for almost 300 days - and world-famous Aiderbichler, Yvonne the cow, behaved in a similar way. But when it comes down to it, bovines have ancient instincts. The story of Kaspar the bull has never been that clear. He shares that in common with the famous story of Kaspar Hauser. Did Kaspar the bull escape from the abattoir? Did he already go it alone as a young bull calf? The vet thought not, because of the signs of dung at his rear end that could have come from being kept tethered.
She took the view, "If a bull is lucky enough to escape his career, he should also experience a happy ending!". She contacted us and we've followed up on her efforts for the forest bull for a while. Our definite "yes" to Kaspar coming to live at Gut Aiderbichl meant pulling out all the stops to clarify his legal status. He was tranquillized and kept in a shed. He underwent blood tests. Now he's cleared as healthy. He can be relocated and the scheduled date for that is this weekend. The vet is back from her holiday and someone will also be on hand to help tranquillize Kaspar, plus the Aiderbichl bovine rescue team will be there!
Bringing Kaspar to Gut Aiderbichl will still be a challenge. But a fellow bovine also got the thumbs-up to travel after a clear blood test. That's Michaela, the cow - she'd escaped into a cemetery from the slaughterhouse. She'll also be brought to the Aiderbichl sanctuary next week. At first, we thought she'd make a wonderful partner for our good-natured bull Bandit. But since she saved her own life and has a bit of a temper, she has to calm down and she'll probably become Kaspar's neighbour. We'll only relax when they arrive in a healthy condition at our sanctuary!
Gut Aiderbichl is famous worldwide for rescuing bovines. We owe our ability to help to the generosity of Aiderbichl supporters and animal lovers. But we still need more support: we're resuing bovines at a rapid pace! Please sponsor Kaspar or make a donation for our bovine projects. Our next rescue call will be just around the corner. Oh, and keep your fingers crossed for next week...
Report dated 19. December 2014
"Runaway Cow" Michaela Cow Destined for Death Fled to Cemetery!
Twists of fate like these are rare. An animal's death is decided, then a higher power says otherwise. That's how things went with cow Michaela. She was transported to the slaughterhouse and would have been killed a few minutes later. But she panicked, broke loose and fled to a sacred place - a cemetery. She was tranquillized. If things go well, she'll soon relocate to Gut Aiderbichl. We just have to clear one hurdle...
Last Hurdle for "Runaway Cow" Michaela
When we heard she'd run away, we immediately contacted the butcher and her owner. They showed understanding for our cause. Michaela shouldn't have to take the same route twice. We agreed Michaela should become an Aiderbichler. But we still have to wait for the results of her last blood test, before she'll join the ranks of our bovines. So it's fingers crossed. But with so many twists of fate, we also believe all will go well. We'd like to surprise Bandit the bull with a partner! Maybe we'll do that before Christmas.
Her eyes speak more than a thousand words. She's desperate and distressed. She seems to wonder, "what will happen to me? I'm surrounded by humans who want my life." Her cry for help was heard. She was tranquillized and captured, but not killed...
She paused not far from a small statue of Christ. She knows many people see grace and love personified in him. This photo is reminder of him especially right now. He would have helped, if this scene had unfolded before him. Because a living, feeling creature in need of protection is in dire need. The Bible constantly reminds us of the values of mercy and grace. Aiderbichl memebers act symbolically in keeping with these ideas: if we hear about an animal's fate and we can help out, we're duty bound to do that. More than 50,000 Friends of Aiderbichl actively support us. That includes many animal lovers who see our work as honourable and essential.
Bandit the bull last weekend at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf. On Saturday and Sunday at 13.00, he joined in the grand parade of rescued animals. A nice change for the animals and very exciting for visitors, especially children! The animal parade has been held for several weeks now. If everything goes well, Bandit could soon join forces with Michaela on a symbolic march to freedom.
Rescues like these are not just supported by incredible logistics, but aloso the necessary expertise that makes them possible. More than 50 farmers work for Gut Aiderbichl. They're experts in bovines such as these. The Gut Aiderbichl Foundation is also officially a farm - only an agricultural farm can accept bovines. So it's thanks to you, dear Aiderbichl Friends, that we're able to protect cows, bulls, calves and oxen until the end of their natural lives! They trusted us and support us in the name of all animals. Currently, more than 550 bovines live under our protection. Please sponsor Michaela (from € 10.00 monthly) or make a donation to our non-profit foundations so we can continue to help.
Report dated 25. November 2014
Nepomuk is over the worst Nepomuk's Dramatic Rescue
If you search for the name "Nepomuk" on the Internet, you can find him. He's one of Bavaria's finest horses in traditional four-in-hand team driving. He suffered a hernia, and when his breeder heard about it, he asked us to save his life. At the weekend, four months later, he was allowed to leave the clinic. Thanks to sponsors, we were able to help. Watch the operation that was filmed by Benno - it was life-saving. Pictures you'll rarely view. Today, Nepomuk lives at Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf...
Nepomuk is over the worst
When we heard about Nepomuk's hernia, we immediately said "Yes"! We became his owners and quickly transported him to the best equine clinic. Back in July, neither the vets nor we imagined that his case was very bad and would take months to heal.
Nepomuk had a surgical net implanted. Then, his wound took a long time to heal and Prof. Dr. Röcken and his team at the Starnberg equine clinic urgently recommended to leave him in their care until an extra-large suspensory bandage arrived from America - and especially until he'd recovered futher. That turned into months.
Our Aiderbichl philosophy is why we went to such a great effort for a horse. Firstly, we receive no public funding for our work. Our support is financed by taxed funds and people, who think like us, could enjoy a cruise! But they don't want to. They want us to keep our promise. If an Aiderbichl animal is in distress, then we help out - everey dove, lamb, cat and dog... with all our available funds. Nepomuk is an Aiderbichler and he was allowed to live, even though he would probably have had little hope as a fifteen-year-old, very sick horse.
Please support us, if, like us, you see your fellow creates in all animals and respect life. Become a sponsor to Nepomuk! He lives at Gut aiderbichl Iffeldorf and this sanctuary is funded as an estate open to visitors and also thanks to animal sponsorships.
Last weekend a sponsor's meeting was held at Gut Aiderbichl Iffeldorf and Gut Aiderbichl Deggendorf. Carolin Reiber was a surprise guest with her grandchildren who also became Aiderbichl members.
We found a surprise guest on the edge of the big Christmas Market at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf, near Salzburg, and he also became an Aiderbichl member: Wolfgang Ambros with Bandit the bull...
Report dated 22. November 2014 A Cold blood Stallion and Cold Hearts It's really important during animal rescues to look around to see if some anonymous animal is standing in a corner. An animal that doesn't get noticed. Like Burli, the cold blood stallion. He was a fully-grown and a common colour. It's not a good story, but he also has a heart. Of course, people quickly fall in love with such a sweet foal, but that's not our point. We cannot concentrate on this when we choose to rescue animals. The most dire cases are the ones that generally touch our hearts...
Fabulous Looking or Not - They Must Perish
Nobody can imagine the tragedies that we see every day. Where we arrive to help, there's generally not just one animal in need. If we really have to leave animals heind, their eyes follw us our whole lives long.
Burli (12 yrs.) stood in the furthest corner of the stable when we were at the horse trader's yard with the Arte team. When we found out that one day later he would join the death transport to the East, Michael Aufhauser decided that he should also become an Aiderbichler. But not only him! In total, we rescued 13 horses behind the filming scenes. All those that had to endure a grim death that week. We'd love to accept as many horses everey week. But unfortunately, we're not able to. But one day...
Burli at Gut Aiderbichl. He has no idea how tough it was to rescue him. The trader was in raptures about his fillets and begged us not to take him. He had given his word to the "butcher" on the transporter and would get into trouble with his business partner. But he's also got two minds - he loves cats and horses are just his livelihood, his business. Michael Aufhauser talks to him. We know that the chances for animals improve then. That's how it was for Burli. He rose from the ranks destined for slaughter. His weight will never be important again. First he went crazy with happiness at Gut Aiderbichl Henndorf - he deserves it. That's his way to start a new life. With more than 750 rescued horses under our protection, he can also be happy now. And Aiderbichl Friedns are also happy for him!
Now Burli is hoping for a sponsor. Please help us, if you can. Support our big equine project. Work has to continue and many more people need to hear about it. If you cannot help, then please don't buy original salami! It usualli contains horse or donkey meat. And besides, don't buy horsemeat as dog food - in any form. There are alternatives for allergies - they're not that pleasant, but wild animals generally doesn't go though what horses endure. Please pledge us your support!