L-R: Emma Godsell, Sandra Peelo and Wightlink Captain Sam Mitchell

WIGHTLINK’S OLD ROPE BRINGS JOY TO ISLAND’S ANIMALS

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Around half a kilometre of rope is now providing creature comforts for 2 Isle of Wight wildlife projects, thanks to Wightlink. 

The ferry company has donated huge coils of rope to both the Isle of Wight Zoo at Sandown and the Wight Squirrel Project.

The rope has been lying idle at Wightlink’s stores but will be now be used to provide scratching posts and other amusement to big cats and primates at the zoo and by the squirrel project to provide rope ‘walkways’ along which squirrels can safely travel.

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The rope was delivered by Wightlink Captain Sam Mitchell. He says:

“The ropes were originally used for securing the Victoria of Wight to her berth during construction. They came with the ship when delivered but are too big for our day-to-day operation.

“We always try to find a use for surplus material rather then send it away as waste. I have visited the zoo a number of times and seen the ropes are used frequently by the animals so we called them up and asked if they would like it.

“A colleague suggested we also ask the squirrel project and they too were delighted to receive a share. It’s great that we can help two Island projects in their work to conserve wildlife.”

Emma Godsell, senior animal carer at the Zoo, says:

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“Wightlink is a good friend to us and once again we are really pleased to receive their support. There are all kinds of uses for rope of this quality which is very expensive to buy so we are thrilled to have such a good amount to keep us going.”

Helen Butler MBE, Chair of The Isle of Wight Red Squirrel Trust, says:

“It’s good to have rope in stock in case we have an urgent need in areas with high numbers of red squirrel traffic accidents.  At the moment, we use it on unadopted roads or private estates due to insurance restrictions.

“Thank you to Wightlink for thinking of us, it’s great to have support from local businesses.”

Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has donated old fire hose to Monkey Haven in Newport, which the team have transformed into swings for the monkeys.

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isle of wighter
isle of wighter
5 days ago

how quaint that the prisoners at the zoo now have something to detract them from the mental anquish of not being in their natural environments amongst their own kind, living their lives as nature intended.

poor things – locked up in a foreign land, against their will, deprived of their freedoms and natural right to an existence free of human beings gawping at them like gimps.

Gregory Smith
Gregory Smith
Reply to  isle of wighter
5 days ago

Are we still discussing the Zoo or Britain’s Jails now?

We should return all where possible. Out dated, unnecessary with modern tech.

They can’t even ‘hang themselves’ with the rope to escape their daily torment.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
Reply to  isle of wighter
4 days ago

Safe in their enclosures, well looked after and not running in terror from a predator. And educating our young to respect nature. Far better than a picture on TV or in a book.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Joe Bloggs
4 days ago

incredible that joe is so naive that he thinks that creatures whose only crime is to be born into a different physical form than humans and communicate with a different language, justifies them being deprived of their natural habitats and being able to live their lives, amongst their own kind, in their own natural environments as nature intended.

Perhaps we put you into an enclosure Joe, in a different country, so that you are safe from thieves and other violent predatory humans that might attack you and prevent you from leaving, feed you through bars and ensure that all those who feed you and clean your enclosure up, do not speak english.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Joe Bloggs
4 days ago

respecting nature, is not interfering at all in any way.

Rusty nuts .
Rusty nuts .
Reply to  isle of wighter
21 hours ago

Give your head a wobble and check your facts .idiot .

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