Hero Sheep Saved His Friends By Asking Human For Help

<p> Catskill Animal Sanctuary </p>

The story sounds like a whimsical fable but is 100 percent true.

One freezing, sleeting night at a barn in coyote-ridden mountains, a sheep named Rambo ran up to a woman in a panic and said "Bahhhh!"

Something was wrong.

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Rambo had already been through so much. He had escaped his own demise when he was rescued from a hoarder who locked 17 animals together in a small stall. Rambo was very violent and no one wanted him. Except for Catskill Animal Sanctuary. After the sanctuary took him in, Rambo gradually calmed down as he was allowed the room to roam free.

But that winter night, something was seriously wrong.

"Show me what's wrong," the woman said, and Rambo led the woman, Kathy Stevens, founder of the sanctuary, to a stall with a door ajar. The turkeys had been left outside in the cold weather and where coyotes could easily hunt them. Rambo saved the lives of the turkeys.

This is just one of the ways Catskill Animal Sanctuary learned from this amazing sheep. And Rambo learned from the sanctuary how to love and trust again. "A sheep who had never known kindness had empathy," said Kathy Stevens, founder of the sanctuary.

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Now Rambo's children are coming to live out Rambo's legacy at the sanctuary he helped create years ago. "We thought Rambo's story ended in 2012 when we lost him," Kathy Stevens said. Rambo passed away at age 16.

But Rambo's spirit pervades the sanctuary.

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Kathy Stevens remembers Rambo very well. "In his eleven years with us, he helped us understand that traits we'd never considered to be the domain of farmed animals unequivocally are - traits like courage and empathy," Stevens told The Dodo.Catskill Animal Sanctuary Compassion and empathy come first here. The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a place where animals get the lives they deserve. Catskill Animal Sanctuary There is even a room at the sanctuary's inn named in Rambo's memory. Catskill Animal Sanctuary "Rambo was the greatest being I have ever known," Stevens said. "It is that simple." Watch the emotional return of Rambo's children to the sanctuary where the legendary sheep lived. Chip in to help the Catskill Animal Sanctuary's mission to be a safe haven for animals like Rambo and his kids here.

Kathy Stevens remembers Rambo very well. "In his eleven years with us, he helped us understand that traits we'd never considered to be the domain of farmed animals unequivocally are - traits like courage and empathy," Stevens told The Dodo.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Compassion and empathy come first here. The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a place where animals get the lives they deserve.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

There is even a room at the sanctuary's inn named in Rambo's memory.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

"Rambo was the greatest being I have ever known," Stevens said. "It is that simple."

Watch the emotional return of Rambo's children to the sanctuary where the legendary sheep lived.

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