HAPPY THANKS­GIV­ING FOR THESE TURKEYS

The an­i­mals at Chenoa Manor face a long and care­free life

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Bar­ber cbar­ber@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

LONDON GROVE >> The seven turkeys at Chenoa Manor were hav­ing a good day on Sat­ur­day. The sun was shin­ing, it was warm, they had plenty of room to roam, and they had the as­sur­ance that they were in no dan­ger of be­com­ing some­one’s Thanks­giv­ing din­ner.

The turkeys, along with a wide va­ri­ety of other species, live a pam­pered and com­fort­able life at the an­i­mal sanctuary at the end of Glen Willow Road. The life­long dream of lo­cal vet­eri­nar­ian Dr. Rob Teti, it is a refuge for an­i­mals that some­how strayed from or were sep­a­rated from their orig­i­nal pack or flock. Some just fell off the truck to mar­ket, while others got lost dur­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ters.

In the case of the turkeys, Teti said he re­ceived a call from an or­ga­ni­za­tion in New Eng­land in­form­ing him that the owner of a flock des­tined for slaugh­ter had be­come so at­tached to the birds and their

per­son­al­i­ties, that he could not bring him­self to kill them. He was asked if he would host some.

Lucky for those who came to Chenoa Manor, they will live out their lives peace­fully with geese, pigs, sheep, cows, horses, rabbits, tur­tles, emus and goats — none of whom risk be­ing shipped off to be killed.

Teti, 45, and a Ken­nett Square native, wanted from a very early age to cre­ate a place where an­i­mals could live free from the threat of abuse and slaugh­ter, and teenagers could find seren­ity and mean­ing by car­ing for those an­i­mals.

He earned his de­grees that led to his vet­eri­nary prac­tice, and he set about to cre­ate his 25-acre peace­able king­dom, where the an­i­mals all have names and they ex­ist like a fam­ily on a Hawai­ian va­ca­tion. Vol­un­teers from schools and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams spend time there learn­ing an­i­mal care skills and do­ing the chores.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Teti also hosts tours, spe­cial events and art pro­grams. The old barn on the prop­erty from time to time is the site of arts and crafts projects, and Teti said that with lucky re­sults of grant re­quests he will re­store the struc­ture of in­door events.

Sev­eral years ago, one of the farm’s stars, Betty the pig, was shot by an ar­row and rushed to nearby New Bolton Cen­ter for care. For­tu­nately for Betty, the staff at the world-renowned vet­eri­nary cen­ter were suc­cess­ful at bind­ing up her wounds, and to this day she is still a star of the manor. On Sat­ur­day she was in a field with her fel­low piggy, Se­bas­tian, din­ing on do­nated Hal­loween pump­kins.

“We’re get­ting a lot of them this week,” Teti said.

Teti said Chenoa Manor is even an oc­ca­sional desti­na­tion for an­i­mals that drop in from the wild, like hawks, ea­gles and foxes. He cited one in­stance where a hawk landed on a fence post near the shel­tered chicken-geese-turkey aviary. “I could see it look­ing down check­ing out the birds, al­most as it he was hop­ing for a break­fast buf­fet,” Teti said. For­tu­nately for the an­i­mals at Chenoa Manor, the hawk moved on un­fed.

The folks at Chenoa Manor are look­ing for­ward to a spe­cial event and have ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to the pub­lic. The hol­i­day ex­trav­a­ganza on Dec. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. will in­clude lo­cal ar­ti­sans, ve­gan treats, live mu­sic, kids’ crafts and raf­fles from lo­cal busi­nesses. For more in­for­ma­tion about Chenoa Manor, visit chenoa­manor.org.

CHRIS BAR­BER — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

These three turkeys at Chenoa Manor have no fears of be­com­ing a Thanks­giv­ing din­ner.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — AN­THONY DADDEZIO

Betty the pig feasts on a con­tributed Hal­loween pump­kin.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — AN­THONY DADDEZIO

Horses snack on hay at Chenoa Manor.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — AN­THONY DADDEZIO

These two geese are for­ag­ing for treats at Chenoa Manor.

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