Lamb Found Stuck In Fence Warms Up In Little Jackets
A man and woman were driving past a farm in Victoria, Australia, when they spotted a few lambs in a field. They stopped their car and got out to have a closer look. Then they made a shocking discovery - most of the lambs were dead, and the ones who were still alive didn't seem that far behind. One lamb had his head stuck in a wire fence and desperately needed medical attention.
The couple quickly worked to free the lamb from the fence, then found the farmer who owned the field, and asked if they could take this lamb into their care. Many of the other lambs probably died from exposure to the cold, hypothermia and starvation - all preventable things.
According to Pam Ahern, founder of the Australian animal sanctuary Edgar's Mission, around 20 million lambs die in Australia every lambing season. Even though nature intended for lambs to be born in springtime, farmers often breed their sheep in the fall so lambs are born at the start of the Australian winter months. This can keep labor costs down, and help farmers meet market demand for wool and meat - but comes at a heavy cost to the animals' welfare.
"Farmers find it difficult to impossible to look after every lamb and keep checking on them because they have so many," Ahern told The Dodo. "Sadly, many lambs succumb to the bitter weather."
After getting permission from the farmer, the couple took the lamb to Edgar's Mission, which provides care for around 350 rescued animals. Ahern named the lamb Tiger, and bundled him up in a leopard-print jacket to keep him warm in the chilly weather. As Ahern explained, orphaned lambs have a lowered immune system due to being separated from their mothers, placing them at risk for disease and hypothermia. So a warm jacket goes a long way! And this jacket didn't just keep Tiger warm - it looked good on him too.
Tiger just knew he looked good.
He may be a lamb, but Tiger leaps like a leopard while wearing his jacket.
Besides totally rocking the leopard-print jacket, Tiger loved to supervise staff and volunteers around the sanctuary as they cleaned the stables, chicken houses and pig paddocks. He also enjoyed bleating and baaing in the office to keep the staff "focused" on their work.
Tiger formed a strong bond with another orphaned lamb named Lily. The two of them spent their days cuddling and bouncing around the farm, and caring for other lambs. "They shared their warmth with others," Ahern said, "like Lemonade, who has a congenital condition that affects his front legs."
Tiger and Lily have now been rehomed together in a forever home in New South Wales. As the Australian winter approaches, Edgar's Mission has stocked up on baby bottles and formula so they're ready to rescue other lambs like Tiger and Lily.
To help animals like Tiger and Lily, please consider supporting Edgar's Mission, which relies completely on public donations.