Ewe have to be kidding! Runt lamb rescued by butcher – who keeps her as a pet
A late lamb who had been tossed in a ditch to die has been rescued and nursed back to health – by a BUTCHER.
The tiny lamb was found hours from death, with a broken leg, in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, by a dog walker, who summoned their local butcher Sean Landy, 41.
But instead of ending up on the dinner table, Sean rescued the lamb, named her Lily- and spent £400 on vets bills to keep her alive.
The six-week-old lamb now lives in his family home – after spending time with Sean’s dogs and in his house recovering, she is reluctant to join the rest of his flock and be a sheep, instead spending time following him around the house as a pet.
Sean, who runs Audley Country Meat, and also owns his own livestock, said: “Some people are surprised that as a butcher I saved a lamb. But I’m not a mercenary.
“She was in such a sorry state when I found her and if I had not helped her she would not have made it.
“If it was a cat or a dog I would have done exactly the same thing. I care for all my animals.
“I’m really pleased that I did it. Lily is so lovely.
“She thinks she’s a dog because she’s spent so much time with them. She plays with the dogs and even goes out for a wee when they do.
“I put her out in the pasture with my other sheep at the weekend and she was not happy.
“She’s used to the warmth and company in the kitchen and I can’t blame her. She follows me all around the house when I’m in. It’s like I’ve ended up with a woolly pet.
“She definitely won’t end up on the dinner plate.”
It was Friday morning, one of Sean’s busiest times, when a regular customer came into the store to tell him they had seen a little lamb in distress.
He decided to close the shop for over half an hour to wander to the site and try to find it.
Sean located Lily, who was just one day old, in a brook and lifted her out.
After giving her some milk, he decided to take her to the vets and nurse her back to health.
He said: “I don’t really know what happened to her. I presume she was a late lamb and someone just threw her out for the foxes.
“It took about half an hour to find her in the brook she was stuck in.
“She was so tiny and really needed help. I had no idea if she’d been fed and she needed milk to build up her immune system, otherwise she would not have had a chance.
“Then I took her to the vets because her femur was broken. He put a splint on it and gave her some medication.
“From then on we went back every week to have the dressing changed and make sure it didn’t go gangrenous. If a wound like that does, a lamb won’t survive.
“For me animal welfare is extremely important, so it made no sense to me not to do anything.
“She’s done remarkably well to make such a quick recovery. She’s now learning to walk and build up muscle strength. I’m really pleased.”
As she was allowed into the house to recover, Lily has taken a liking to life as a house pet.
She plays with the dogs, her closest companions, and follows Sean around the house as he does his chores.
Lily also enjoys settling down in from of the Aga in the evening.
The creature comforts have made her reluctant to join her fellow sheep outside.
Sean said: “It’s funny watching her play with the dogs and doing what they do.
“She really kicks up a fuss when she goes outside.
“Eventually she will have to, because I can’t keep her around the house forever and she will go on to mother lambs of her own.
“But right now I’m happy having her around, and she’s definitely not going to end up in the shop.”