Woolly jumper keeps tiny Titch warm

Tiny titch at Fisher's Farm Park SUS-140414-091826001
Tiny titch at Fisher's Farm Park SUS-140414-091826001

Sue Pollard, our Theatre Manager of over 20 years is a demon knitter in her spare time, usually knitting jumpers for her gorgeous 2 year old Grandson Charlie.

So she was the first person we thought of when tiny “Titch” (pictured) was born at midnight on 27th March 2014 and was shivering and unable to feed from her mother.

Titch was the third of triplets and she had been lying awkwardly in her mothers’s womb. She was born with her feet bent backwards and unable to stand, although strong and eager for life. We fed her colostrum and made her comfortable for the night.

Early the next morning Titch was still struggling to stand, but was thirsty and very loud! We continued bottle feeding her and Kelly and Jen splinted her back legs into their correct position using coffee stirrers and vet wrap.

Immediately, Titch was up and tottering around. We moved her into the farmhouse to stop her being knocked over by her siblings and two days later removed the leg bandages and she was walking normally.

Without her mum to keep her warm, we called on Sue (pictured above with Titch) to rapidly knit a woolly for our beloved woolly – in Fishers Farm Red of course! Titch was very amenable when we popped on her wooly jumpe and is now warm and cosy at night.

She doesn’t need to wear it in the day time, although we do put it on when she comes into the Farm Theatre for so children can give her a lunchtime feed.

Sue was so inspired she has joined the worldwide effort to knit jumpers for Australian penguins in peril (http://penguinfoundation.org.au/assets/Wildlife-rehabilitation/Little-penguin-knitted-jumpers-pattern-2012.pdf)

Pictures contributed.