Saturday 29 April 2017

This little Irish lamb who was rescued just moments from death is your new internet hero

Teeny Tiny gets some heat back into him with the help of an Aga oven. Photo: Zwartbles Ireland / Twitter
Teeny Tiny gets some heat back into him with the help of an Aga oven. Photo: Zwartbles Ireland / Twitter
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

An Irish lamb, who was just minutes from death, has been rescued and is now recovering... in an Aga oven.

Suzanna Crampton, who runs a Zwartbles sheep farm in Kilkenny, said that she found the lamb close to death in freezing temperatures on Monday night.

Nicknamed Teeny Tiny, the lamb was the runt of a litter of twins. His mother had been more preoccupied with his more demanding twin and hadn't given the lamb the level of nurturing that he required.

"If I'd not found the lamb in another five minutes it would've been dead," Suzanna said.

She brought the lamb, who was suffering from hypothermia, into her home and kept him warm by temporarily placing him in her cosy Aga oven and fed him intermittently through a tube.

Suzanna then placed him in blankets and kept him warm with a heat lamp and she told Independent.ie that his health is starting to improve, although he still weighs less than a pound of butter.

The vulnerable little lamb has also been under the watchful eye of Suzanna's dog Big Fellow, who "spent ages drying him off by licking him".

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