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'Just good friends' - Benjy the gay bull setting in well in UK home

BENJY the gay bull is "settling in really well" at his new home in the UK and has already "made friends" with elderly cows Marjory, Daisy, Clementine and a calf called Alex.

Since arriving at Hillside Animal Sanctuary three weeks ago, the famous "non-performing" Charolais bull has shared his barn with the rescued cattle and ponies.

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Benjy the gay bull

Benjy the gay bull

Benjy the gay bull

Wendy Valentine, founder of Hillside said: "He's very relaxed and settled in his new surroundings."

Benjy has not yet been castrated.

"We think Benjy is wonderful and can't understand how anyone could kill him. He spent Christmas in his barn and hopefully will be able to join other cows properly early in the New Year," she said.

And with more than 300 other cows grazing on the 1,000 acre farmland in Norwich, making more friends will be easy for the Mayo bull.

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ARRIVAL: Benjy makes pals

ARRIVAL: Benjy makes pals

13/12/2014 Benjy The Gay Bull waiting to be transported from Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Claremorris, Co. Mayo to his new home in The United Kingdom. 
Photo : Keith Heneghan

13/12/2014 Benjy The Gay Bull waiting to be transported from Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Claremorris, Co. Mayo to his new home in The United Kingdom. Photo : Keith Heneghan

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ARRIVAL: Benjy makes pals

Hillside Farm Keeper John Watson said: "We have lots of rescued cows due to neglect and different herds match different temperaments. If Benjy turns out to be quite timid we wouldn't put him into a herd where there's a particularly dominant cow or bull".

Laid back cows Bramble and Clover are also potential pals for Benjy, who was saved from the slaughterhouse by Hollywood producer Sam Simon, and other beneficiaries who raised funds to send him to Hillside.

Back in Ireland John Carmody, Campaigns Director at Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), is "absolutely thrilled" to hear that Benjy has "already made friends with the same species".

"We are gearing up for a trip so we can show the nation, fresh images of a bull that caught the attention of the world's media," he said.

Meanwhile, Benjy will enjoy his new freedom with 2000 other animals including 1200 horses, 500 sheep and goats, 100 pigs, two emus, three ostriches and hundreds of turkeys, hens and ducks.

Sunday Independent