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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Lamb



No not a recipe. Quite the opposite, in fact. I nearly skittled this one coming down the Kaimais at 9.30 last night. Luckily I spotted the tiny form in the headlights in time. It was just standing there weakly bleating with its tail all tucked up. It doesn't look as though it's even had one feed. What's a seething mass of maternal instinct to do? Luckily when I got into town the Countdown on Cameron Road was still open so I bought some baby formula and a trio of "Tommee Tippee" bottles and she had 70 mls last night and another 70 mls this morning. Shelly adores her and can hardly leave her side. Don't laugh, but I bought disposable nappies (diapers) too, but I've no idea where the tail should go. Duh. So there were some healthy dollops of myconium on the lino this morning. Easily wiped and sprayed sterile again. (My kitchen floor is cleaner than it's ever been before with all this wiping!)
I'm a little concerned with her breathing 'though. It's a bit rattly. I suppose I'll take her to the vet's this morning. Although it's Saturday, he opens between 9 and 12. And I can pick up some proper lamb's teats from Farmlands on the way home.
I'll keep you posted.

6 comments:

  1. Well I hope all goes well. Not having a maternal instinct I'd not be doing that but I'd then have to live with the consequences in my conscience. Hmmm. That's a hard one. Of course now you have to decide on it's future and who'll look after it when you are away and .... Oh dear.

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  2. This is quite a project you have in front of you. I don't believe lambs can live indoors.

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  3. You did the right thing.

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  4. Anonymous11.9.10

    What a cute little guy. The maternal instinct expresses itself no matter the species of the baby.

    Thomas DeGagne

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  5. Thank you for your comments everyone.

    Lakeviewer, I have a bit of land around my house enough to graze a sheep, or one of my farming friends would have taken her once she was weaned.

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  6. Oh and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment Thomas. Welcome to TLVD, even though this post group is probably uncharacteristically sad!

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