For one thing, Maddie's mother passed away from complications just a day after giving birth. Secondly, Maddie was a bit of a disappointment to the farmer.
"She was too small to be worth the time and costs of formula as she wouldn’t hit the market weight in time," Megan Mostacci, cofounder of Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, told The Dodo.
Maddie wasn't worth keeping for breeding, either — since she was so small, she'd likely give birth to small babies, too. Also, her wool "wasn't ideal," according to the farmer.
Maddie was spray-painted with a blue mark, which meant that she was supposed to be sold. Instead, Mostacci managed to negotiate the little unwanted lamb's rescue.