The busy season has started! Twins lambs were born during the night but this little girl was cold and dirty and alone. The other bigger lamb was with the mum... our sheep don't manage twins very well... perhaps they can't count! Jed milked mum Kath and we fed this little one colostrum. She drank quite well, which is relief, because the sucking reflex diminishes within a few hours after birth. I'm carrying her around wrapped in a towel in a baby sling with a heatpack wrapped in plastic tucked in with her to keep her warm. Fingers crossed!!!
Guess I'm not doing the Spring cleaning after all today! 😀
Sadly the little lamb died this morning. Her big brother is doing well. Realistically I knew that her chance of survival was small, (she was tiny, cold, wet and abandoned when found) however as she drank well at the beginning we had started hoping she would be the exception, but by the evening she had become weaker and less interested in drinking and as I had feared, pneumonia had set in. Although we know that the survival rate of tiny lambs like these is minimal, it never becomes easier when they die.