"I said, 'Of course I will help,' but to please send through a photo of the leg, so I could see what we needed to do this end to prepare for Lambert's arrival," Ahern told The Dodo. "The break was horrific and he was in a poor state of health to begin with."
Ahern has rescued and rehabilitated hundreds of animals, including many lambs, and she wasn't one to give up on the sick or badly injured. Still, she worried about about Lambert's chances of survival.
"He was very unresponsive," Ahern said. "[For] a lamb of his age, and with a lack of human contact, he should have been struggling to get away. But he just lay there with a blank stare in his glassy eyes. His body was all hunched up. He looked like he had pretty much given up."
Ahern and the staff at Edgar's Mission initially tried to treat Lambert themselves, giving him pain relief and subcutaneous fluids. But they quickly realize he needed more intensive veterinary care, so they whisked him off to The Vet Practice, a nearby animal hospital.