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10 Animals With Better Jobs Than You


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Ruby the Vet Nurse
This kelpie loves herding sheep. But Ruby didn't. She found her true calling as a vet nurse. Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images
This kelpie loves herding sheep. But Ruby didn't. She found her true calling as a vet nurse. Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Sometimes we don't know what our true calling in life is until something dramatic happens. For Ruby the purebred Kelpie, that moment came when she showed no interest or aptitude for herding sheep. When her owner realized this (having paid good money for a herder), he was less than thrilled and sent her away to be shot. Fortunately for Ruby, the man he asked to do the deed couldn't bring himself to shoot her and instead shipped her to Edgar's Mission, an Australian farm sanctuary [source: One Green Planet].

Timid and scared in her new surroundings, Ruby eventually blossomed when she began working at her true calling: veterinary nurse. Ruby began intuitively performing a variety of tasks at Edgar's Mission, such as welcoming new animals, snuggling with them and acting as a surrogate mom to baby sheep, and even a pig. Her comforting presence often helps those on the mend grow stronger more quickly.

But her work doesn't end there. Ruby typically sits in on all staff meetings and presentations. And while she is sometimes required to work overtime — new charges can arrive at odd hours — she's always happy to do so. Because when you like what you do, it's not really work [source: One Green Planet].


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