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How 12-year old Callum is giving his much-loved animals a new lease of life in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 September 2015

Callum Underdown rents his own plot of land is using his pocket money so he can care for injured and neglected animals. Picture: James Bass

Callum Underdown rents his own plot of land is using his pocket money so he can care for injured and neglected animals. Picture: James Bass

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A young boy from Oulton Broad is preparing to balance his school studies around his main hobby of rescuing neglected animals and nursing them back to full health.

Callum Underdown cares for injured and neglected animals. Picture: James BassCallum Underdown cares for injured and neglected animals. Picture: James Bass

Callum Underdown, of Gloucester Avenue, is not your average child as he doesn’t enjoy computer games but instead he cares for a number of animals including goats, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and rabbits.

It is all funded through his £10 a week pocket money and the generosity if his parents, Lee and Sarah.

Callum, who attends East Point Academy, completes the 10-minute cycle to his small plot of land that he rents on Oulton Marshes on Church Lane twice a day.

His daily routines, which includes him sometimes leaving at 6am, revolve around him ‘feeding and watering the animals’, ‘general maintenance’ and ‘giving the place a rake’.

He has also put together a rota to ensure all of the tasks are completed and is aiming to volunteer with the RSPCA when he is old enough.

Callum described how he has “always been an animal lover” although some of the animals arrive with him in a poor way- as he searches via social media and online to see if there are any he can help.

“I am really proud of what I do,” Callum said.

“I had a rabbit which came to me with no fur and if I wouldn’t have taken it in then it would have died.

“Some of the chickens arrived with no feathers and were really skinny but now they are perfect and they are laying eggs- I have got orders coming in from the neighbours as well.

“I saved my money and I have two goats which are a bit of a handful. I would like to rescue a Shetland pony as well.”

If you would like to help Callum or can donate any food or vegetable peelings for the animals, contact Sarah via: sillylillys@mail.com.

For the full story, pick up this week’s Lowestoft Journal.

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