Wendy lamb: Arrived 12 August 2015
Wendy the lamb was picked up from the side of the road in northern WA at approximately three weeks of age. It was assumed she had received the colostrum from her mother’s first milk, as she was in good condition.
She was raised from that point on 1:4 bottled cows’ milk to water ratio, which was way too low! We’re not sure how much of that she was fed (quantity per feed). Two weeks before arriving at Happy Hooves Farm Sanctuary, milk was reduced and corn from cob and pellets added to her diet. Foster carers had her for four weeks before surrendering her to us.
It’s frustrating for us to have to deal with the aftermath of people meaning to do well, but ultimately putting animals lives in danger by failing to provide proper care and nutrition, when that aftermath is animals in a dire medical state that could have been avoided with proper research into what is required (in this case) by lambs of this age, for proper nutrition.
When Wendy first arrived at the Sanctuary at 7.30 PM, she was dehydrated, lethargic, sleepy, barely able to stand, had cold extremities and poor body condition. We couldn’t get her to take any milk; found out that in the previous three hours, she had eaten minimum amounts and had progressively gotten weaker. We took her immediately to Murdoch Emergency Vet Centre where she was kept in overnight for observation, rehydration and further tests.
Would you like to help us to take care of Wendy? One off donations and sponsorship gifts are available now to support our work. Thank you for caring about farm animals.
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