Fiona, the nation’s loneliest sheep (Image: )
The ewe was rescued on Saturday after being stranded for two years 250ft down on the foot cliffs on the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands.
But plans to move her to tourist attraction Dalscone Farm park near Dumfries triggered welfare campaigners.
Animal Rising argued Fiona did not deserve “to be turned into a spectacle” and petitioned to move her to a sanctuary.
Animal Rising protesting (Image: )
Activists also demonstrated outside Dalscone Farm.
Farmer Ben Best said family and staff were “intimidated” by drones flying over the site and campaigners holding “Free Fiona” placards at the gates.
The sheep was secretly moved to Ben’s on Sunday – and away from visitors. He said Fiona was “super-chilled”: “She’s settled in absolutely brilliantly, eating, drinking.” And he insisted: “We are known worldwide for our animal care. The world’s loneliest sheep is lonely no more.”
Fiona was winched to safety by shearer Cammy Wilson and pals after a kayaker spotted Fiona two years apart. Cammy said: “I’ve never worked with a sheep as calm as her.” He sheared 20lb of her wool for charity.
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