They say it takes a village - but for Pituso, who's had too many close calls, it took an entire animal sanctuary to help him become the happiest and healthiest baby lamb around.
Pituso's mother, Noa, was rescued from a dump in Spain. She was found mingling with garbage, with a rope tied so tight around her neck, it dug into the skin of her neck. She was malnourished and weak to the point that she barely had the strength to eat, according to a Facebook post recounting her story by Leon Vegano Animal Sanctuary. But her story didn't end there - she was eventually rescued and taken in by the sanctuary.
Noa took the sanctuary staff by surprise a month after her rescue by giving birth to a baby.
Unsurprisingly, due to his mother's condition, Pituso was born sickly and malnourished - he quickly developed pneumonia.
Noa was unable to produce milk for him on her own ...
... so Pituso had to be bottle-fed by the sanctuary's staff.
At night, he slept in bed with the sanctuary's founders, quite fond of snuggling with them, in addition to being carried in their arms.
With around-the-clock care, Pituso was able to overcome each hurdle thrown at him - he also managed to make a few very important friends in the process.
One of them was Hanna, a hen Pitsuo liked to pass time with.
Wherever Pituso was ...
... Hanna always seemed to be close by, watching over him.
Pituso also became fast friends with a cat named Cody.
Cody was rescued from the streets and is known around the sanctuary to take on the responsibility of caring for baby animals with special needs - he'll sleep next to them, lick them, providing them both the comfort of his warmth and company.
Thanks to Pituso's makeshift family, he got all of the encouragement and attention he needed ...
... to stand and play around on his own two feet.
Due to space constrictions, Noa and Pituso moved to the Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary, where they now get to live together as a happy mother and son duo for the rest of their lives.
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Watch this video of little lambs who couldn't stop jumping for joy once they knew they were safe: