On Monday, the night before Cleo's baby was born, Kellie Myers, the healthcare coordinator for Catskill Animal Sanctuary, took Cleo into the infirmary, knowing her time was close. Then Cleo went into labor.
"She exhibited all the signs - pacing, lying down and then getting up, then lying down and getting up, and having contractions," Mullins said. "But when no baby arrived by 4 the next morning, I called the vet, fearing something was wrong. She'd been in labor for too long."
They rushed Cleo to the Hurley Veterinary Hospital in Hurley, New York. There, a vet named Dr. Gillian Ferguson helped Cleo deliver two lambs - twins. Unfortunately, the first lamb was stillborn. They initially thought the second lamb was stillborn, too. Then the lamb twitched.
"Dr. Ferguson said, 'Oh my god! He's alive!'" Mullins said. "And she started working on him again, and he started breathing and he started making noise."