Eddy, an ostrich, picks at Jackson the dog at the Free To Be Me animal sanctuary. Times-Herald photo by Myles Fish.
Drive into Louanne Shropshireâ€™s yard and the first thing you are likely to see is Eddy.
Eddy is no human being, rather an ostrich who, with a neck stretched skyward is plenty taller than you.
Once you get over the initial shock of seeing an ostrich strutting around freely in front of you, you notice what surrounds the thin-necked bird.
There are chickens in the hedges and ducks in the makeshift pond, sheep eating the grass and llamas peering over the fence.
Actually step out of your vehicle and you will hear many animals more than your eyes can see.
In among this smorgasbord of creatures: Louanne Shropshire.
She has taken it upon herself to care for the 100 or so animals found at the Free To Be Me Animal Sanctuary located in her yard west of Moose Jaw.
There are donkeys, pigeons and alpacas as well.
Kittens, pigs, goats and geese, baby chicks, turkeys and a fawn, too. Many are injured â€” there is a chicken with no toes and the fawn had been hit by a car â€” and others Shropshire simply took in to save them from being put down.
For more on this story, read Wednesday's Times-Herald.