I’m really struggling with this right now, and it’s not with reptiles. I have approx 15 snakes (including 5 babies I’m going to be sell here in a bit), and I love all of them so much.
I live in a very rural area, so this story might sound super weird.
I have obtained two different farm animals from two different yard sales.
The first one is a mini horse. These super elderly folks had a handful of minis and I was hardcore loving on them at this yard sale. They were possible the most loving little creatures I have ever met.
The husband ended up asking me if I want one, as they were moving to a smaller location that only had room for one pasture. They were trying to re-home their stud (and minor award winning show mini), as he couldn’t be kept with the 3 ladies. They were both pretty upset about the situation, and it hit me straight in the feels. I have 2.5 acre, so I said that I would take him in, so that they could still come by and see him. Their other option was another show-person two states away.
This little man is the most ill-mannered, cantankerous, angry horse I have ever met. And I’ve worked with studs before. He bites, he kicks. It’s a fight to clean his hooves, give him a bath, work him, etc. It has been a year and he has hardly improved. At least he’ll lift his feet for me now. I’m guessing he went barn-sour after they got too old to show him anymore.
The second one is a goat. He was bottle fed, super friendly, and his owner told me they were moving to Florida but couldn’t take him with. She was crying.
…I took the goat.
I don’t know what it is about me that makes people want to hand off their animals.
But anyways, I love him, but he is an escape artist and will eat half a bale of hay while I’m at work. He is so food obsessed that now if I try to take him away from the hay or put him back in the pasture he will hook me with his horns. Not a pleasant feeling. My other goats that I raised myself aren’t like that.
I have not taken in any other yard sale animal since. Mostly, people try to offer me cats.