After about an hour, the little lamb - whom Munslow named Kenny - started coming back to life. His body temperature rose and his skin regained its color. Then, after about two hours, Kenny was bright and alert and up on his feet. He even started taking milk from a bottle. This was incredible as young lambs have a difficult time surviving without their mothers; they also rely on the mother's colostrum milk in the first 48 hours of their lives to build up their antibodies and strengthen their immune systems.
Since Kenny was abandoned at birth, he probably didn't get his mother's colostrum milk, which jeopardized his chances of surviving.
"I was quite amazed with his progress,' Munslow said. "When I first saw him, I would've given him a 20 percent chance of surviving the first 48 hours, possibly less."
Munslow was keeping Kenny inside her house while he was still in a critical condition. When she left the room for a moment, she came back to find something that melted her heart. "I walked into the lounge room and found Kenny and my dog Jemelda lying together on a dog bed on the floor," Munslow said.