Woman Sees ‘Depressed’ Ram in Zoo and Takes it Upon Herself to Help

Huxley is a ram who had longed for a better life for the past 10 years. His home was the New Jersey zoo, and throughout all hours of the day, and night, he’d be seen pressed up against the fence around his enclosure. All the visitors to the zoo, felt Huxley’s sadness, as it was so palpable, and he soon became known as “the depressed ram.” Although unknown to Huxley, better days were ahead for him.


Founder of Uncle Neil’s Home (UNH), a farm animal rescue, Rian Feldman, shared this in an interview: “Before Huxley’s liberation, he laid flat on the ground 24/7 and he didn’t have shelter or a single friend. It was obvious that he had given up on life.” The poor ram was in desperate need of help if he ever wanted to survive. UNH also shared a post on social media, saying: “He didn’t have shelter and was suffering from an injured front leg. We submitted an urgent proposal to county commissioners to release Huxley to us, and as soon as the proposal was accepted, we brought Huxley home to UNH.”


After Huxley had a full medical exam, it was noted that he had severe osteoarthritis, which required him to have steroid injections, pain management and laser therapy. After leaving Hyxley’s side, the woman wracked her brain on ways of helping Huxley and getting him out. Feldman goes on to say: “This image of Huxley kept me up at night and filled me with pain and heartache because I could see and feel his immense suffering. I would see him lying on the ground when I closed my eyes, and I promised him that one day, I would get him out. I didn’t stop fighting until the county surrendered him.”

In late December of 2021, just before Christmas, Huxley went on his way to his forever home, where he’s be loved, and live the rest of his remaining years in happiness. Huxley is now living the best days of his life, a life that he deserves. Once known as “the depressed ram,” Huxley is no longer depressed, but can be seen smiling away with his friends in the pasture.

Feldman also had this to say: “Huxley is so happy and very present and at peace. He made himself right at home when he arrived in the sanctuary, and our other sheep residents fell in love with him instantly. He is happy, loved, and he wakes up each morning with a new zest for life that he didn’t have prior to his liberation.” Although the deliverance of Huxley took years, he now has a real family, and he will never be called the depressed ram, ever again. Finally, Feldman adds: “Huxley has brought so much joy into my life, simply because I get to watch him live the life that he always deserved and waited 10 years for.”