Guitarist Brian May Turns Estate Into Animal Refuge

(CELEBRITY NEWS) ENGLAND — Brian May may be known for his wild lifestyle when he was rocking with the band Queen, but now May is making headlines with his love for animals. Recently, the guitarist announced that his English estate and home for thirty years will now be a sanctuary for injured wildlife. The new residents on May’s estate include badgers, hedgehogs, and owls. Read more to find out about Brian May’s animal refuge and love for wildlife. — Global Animal
Brian May playing guitar. Photo credit: Sophie via Flickr

Allyson Koerner, Ecorazzi

Brian May is known for being a king of rock ‘n’ roll as a guitarist with Queen, but he is now turning into the king of wildlife ever since he announced that his estate is now a refuge for several animals.

 May’s English property was purchased by the musician more than 30 years ago and now the land is intended to act as a sanctuary for injured wildlife. As of right now, it houses 36 hedgehogs, seven badger cubs and two tawny owls.

 May has always been an animal lover and takes pride in his refuge. “When I’m gone, people will no doubt remember me for Queen, but I would much rather be remembered for attempting to change the way we treat our fellow creatures,” he told The Sunday Times.

 “Queen is a huge part of my life, but I do have other interests. People know about the astrophysics, but I love gardening too and I’ve always been passionate about the welfare of our wonderful British wildlife . . . I suppose I’ve lived a crazy life, and watching wildlife brings back a sense of tranquility,” he added.

 This isn’t the first time May has taken a stand for animals. In January 2012, he joined forces with the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection’s fight against a proposed farm that would breed beagles for lab testing.

 The rocker even started his own organization, called SAVE ME, to protect and save animals. In addition, for his animal-friendly work May received the International Fund for Animal Welfare award.

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