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Spring at the farm: Rescued animals have fun in the sun

April 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM ET

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These two piglets, Kimbo and Latte, were born at the Farm Sanctuary's New York shelter after their mother survived the Midwest floods in 2008. The dynamic duo look forward to a spring of rooting and mud baths!

Spring is in the air and whether you're in the city or on the farm, everyone’s eager to go outside and enjoy the nice weather! Each of these beautiful animals were rescued from abuse or neglect by Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with a shelters in New York and two in California (Orland and L.A.) Now they're taking advantage of the warmer weather at shelters across the country, lounging and playing in the sun. 

For those of us in offices without windows, we certainly envy these sunbathing animals!

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Found abandoned in a field, Harrison now loves to bask in the sun at Farm Sanctuary's Northern California shelter.
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Though her mom was neglected at a New York farm, this sheep was born at the Farm Sanctuary and now spends her time relaxing in the spring grass.
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Debra and Swoozie love to bask in the afternoon sun! After being rescued from a desolate slaughterhouse, these best buds currently hang out at Farm Sanctuary's Northern California shelter.
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This little piggy was found on a rural South Dakota road by touring musicians after falling out of a transport truck! Now this pig spends the day rocking out in the sun at New York's Farm Sanctuary.
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Alicia and Ari were rescued from starvation at a slaughterhouse. Today these young goats enjoy the spring weather at Farm Sanctuary's Northern California shelter.
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Dinah was born at Farm Sanctuary New York after her mother was rescued from neglect. With the arrival of spring, this little lamb is eager to go out and graze!
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This lucky duck found refuge at Farm Sanctuary's Northern California shelter after an undercover investigation revealed appalling cruelty at the Cal-Cruz hatchery. Now Gordy and her rescued friends enjoy basking in the sunshine before finding a shady spot to nap!
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This young steer loves kicking up his heels in the pastures of Farm Sanctuary's New York shelter.
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Clarabell was sick and unhappy at a petting zoo when a 12-year-old discovered her and began a petition for her release! Now this gentle goat is at Farm Sanctuary New York excited for a nibble at her favorite tree.
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Ginko the turkey loves to explore and peck for seeds and insects in the new spring grass at Farm Sanctuary's Northern California shelter.
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Christopher was born at Farm Sanctuary New York after his mother was rescued from starvation. Since then these two have been adopted and have a loving home where they can roam in the spring sunshine!

To see more rescued animals and read their stories, go to FarmSanctuary.org.

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This was posted by TODAY.com producer Lisa Granshaw. Seeing all these animals enjoying the spring weather makes her really wish her office had windows!

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