It’s a woolly jumper! Adorable lamb that lost its fleece kept warm with Shaun-The-Sheep style sweater
A lamb who lost its fleece after a life-threatening illness has found a new lease of life thanks to a woolly jumper.
After Broomie the lamb’s medication caused his fleece to fall out, he was left bald and shivering and a vet suggested the kindest thing would be to put him down.
But farmer Adrian Oliver had the bright idea to warm him up with a child’s jumper and he is now able to spring round the fields with the other lambs.
Adrian, from Derby, said: “The other sheep were unsure of their new addition at first but they have now accepted him as one of the flock and Broomie is thoroughly enjoying life.”
Adorable Broomie was found lying in a field, unable to walk and just moments from death.
His two front legs were floppy and a visit from the vet suggested that putting him to sleep might be the only option.
Desperate to keep the little lamb alive, Adrian and his team at the agricultural campus of Derby College got Broomie back on his feet thanks to specially-designed splints.
Adrian made a pair of splints to straighten and support Broomie’s legs using two pipes and a cushion base.
Then when the painkillers he was taking caused him to shed his fleece, Adrian had to look for a way to keep him warm in the fields.
Now Broomie has a woollen jumper, as well as extra-warm dog fleece, to keep him toasty.
Adrian explained: “The vet couldn’t work out why his front legs were so floppy and said that the only option might be to put him to sleep.
“However, Broomie has a real fighting spirit.
“Although he was unable to stand, he was keen to eat and soon became more and more alert and noisy.
“I knew he had a will to live and decided that we needed to do everything we could to help him, literally, stand on his own feet.
“He wore the splints for increasing periods of time and after a few weeks, he was able to stand and walk short distances without them.
“He is getting stronger every day and has now been integrated with the other spring lambs.
“He has a really cheeky character – he always makes sure that he gets to the best hay and greeting visitors in case they have any food for him!
“As if he has not faced enough challenges, the pain killers that he needed to take made his fleece fall out so to keep him warm, we have adapted a fleecy dog coat for him to wear.
“Broomie’s next adventure will be to learn to walk on the halter. Once he can do this, he will become the farm mascot and attend open days and functions representing his fellow sheep at the farm.
“From a shaky start, Broomie definitely has a bright future and is already a firm favourite with agriculture students at the College.”