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Friday, 7 February 2014

Special Delivery!

OK, get ready to Aaaawwwww!!!  Here's what arrived yesterday evening :-

These two belong to Rob and Tammy, our neighbours.  They've gone back to the UK for a short visit (4 days, 3 nights) and asked if we would look after them.  They were both rejected by their mothers and are having to be hand-fed.

The problem with them being rejected by their mother is that they didn't get that first feed from her and so haven't received the vital colostrum that provides the boost to their immunity. Apparently, they will be very prone to infection.  In fact, the smaller of the two isn't as lively as the other one and Rob doesn't really expect her to survive.  This morning, when we let them out of their pen, she could hardly walk.  She's walking very stiffly, as though she's arthritic.

The next problem is, how will the other one cope on it's own if she dies.  Normally, it wouldn't be a problem because she'd be with the herd and the other lambs.

Wicked stepson no. 4 is calling us soon (he's the vet) and I'll mention it to him.  But really, there's not much he can do from that distance.  Just got to keep our fingers crossed.

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