Norman will have a home after all.
Following news that the Jersey bull at O’Keefe Ranch needed a new place to live, offers to help Norman flooded in.
“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” said Chris Breitkreitz, Norman’s original owner who donated the bull to the ranch in 2006 but following news that the ranch could no longer keep him she spearheaded an attempt to find a new home for the bull.
One of those calls came from a Kamloops couple hoping Norman could become a part of their petting zoo family.
“We met Norman, and recognized his special nature,” said Ed and Sheila MacKenzie, of Rainbow’s Roost in Kamloops, after reading about Norman in The Morning Star.
“We knew instantly that we would be able to offer him a wonderful home environment.”
Currently home to mini-horses, rabbits, silky hens, goats, lambs, a llama and pigs, Norman is expected to make a nice addition to the petting zoo at Rainbow’s Roost.
“The place is beautiful,” said Chris of the 53-acre property on the banks of the North Thompson River and where Norman is being moved to on Sunday.
A special Welcome to the Farm day for Norman will take place June 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rainbow’s Roost for anyone wanting to see him in Kamloops.
“We would love to have Norman’s friends visit,” said the MacKenzie’s, understanding the bull will surely be missed at O’Keefe.
The Breitkreitz’ are both elated and sad to see Norman leave the ranch.
“Rainbow’s Roost will give him everything he thrives on – loads of attention from people as well as a companion and above all a couple who are passionate about animals,” said Chris.
“The sad part will be the move when he will be separated from Flapjack (the donkey) and the home he has been accustomed for the past five-and-a-half years,” said Chris.
The ranch made the decision to let Norman go due to financial restraints.
And despite offers, from both the Breitkreitz and the public, to donate hay and money to keep Norman at O’Keefe, the ranch said it is not interested in keeping animals year-round.
“It’s not something that we wanted to do,” said Marilyn Berglund, Historic O’Keefe Ranch interim manager, in a previous interview. “We love Norman.”
The Breitkreitz are thankful that they were notified of the decision, so they could ensure he didn’t end up somewhere where he would end up being slaughtered.
And they are amazed with the overwhelming public response.
“I don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t got this in the media because we wouldn’t have gotten in touch with these people,” said Chris, who actually had six offers to give Norman a home but due to the bull’s social characteristic she was keen on getting him into another petting zoo-type home.
The MacKenzie’s are eager to give Norman the perfect place to call home.
“At the Rainbow’s Roost, Norman will have plenty of room to roam, companionship with the other resident animals, and lots of attention from us and the from the many visitors to our farm.”
Visit www.rainbowsroost.com for updates on Norman.