“In an attempt to save her baby from being fatally attacked she hid her behind and tried to fend them off,” Victorian Lamb Rescue wrote in an Instagram post. “She stood her ground and fought, but she was outnumbered, and her stomping and charging was no match for their gnashing teeth. She was viciously mauled ... but she had succeeded. Her baby was untouched.”
When the farmer found Elmina, the ewe was barely alive — she was covered in bite marks, punctures and lacerations, and he considered putting her down. But the farmer’s neighbor, who works as a sheep shearer, suggested calling Victorian Lamb Rescue to see if the group could help.