A newborn lamb rejected by its mum has been saved after a kindhearted woman agreed to feed it by bottle every two hours – and put nappies on it so that it could even sleep in her bed to keep warm at night.
The baby lamb, called Henry, is staying with his carer Sandra after he was headed into the Animal Spirit sanctuary in Laaben, lower Austria.
She had given birth to three lambs, and could not produce enough milk for all of them – resulting in Henry weakening and becoming unlikely to survive.
The farmer had no time to spend feeding Henry every two hours, and the shelter needed a quick solution – which is when Sandra stepped in.
She managed to feed the lamb with cat milk, but he became unwell.
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But after being kept in the warm in nappies, and being allowed to sleep in her bed at night, he slowly recovered and is now gaining strength.
Henry is already great friends with Sandra's dog, Stella, who keeps an eye on the lamb.
When she cannot keep an eye on everything he is doing, she puts him in a baby crib.
Stella is responsible for keeping the lamb clean with regular licks, and he is making such good progress should soon be allowed to go back outside.
The Animal Association that Sandra works for is currently caring for around 600 unwanted animals mostly from farms and includes pigs, poultry, goats, other sheep, rabbits and guinea pigs as well as llamas, donkeys and cows.
The Association operates solely from donations and sponsorship.
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