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Abandoned new born lamb rescued by police

By Rod Minchin

Published 21/04/2015 | 11:45

Photo issued by Gloucestershire Police of a lamb which was rescued by police officers after it was found dumped at the back of a church in Cheltenham. Photo: Gloucestershire Police/PA
Photo issued by Gloucestershire Police of a lamb which was rescued by police officers after it was found dumped at the back of a church in Cheltenham. Photo: Gloucestershire Police/PA

A new-born lamb has been rescued by kind-hearted police.

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The lamb - which was sunburnt, dehydrated and still had its umbilical cord attached - was found dumped at the back of a church in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire by a group of children.

The animal was believed to be about two days old and was discovered behind St Aidan's Church on Princess Elizabeth Way on April 14.

It was taken to Hesters Way police station.

Pc Tania Kirby said: "We gave him a bit of water from a bottle and then he soon perked up. He was bleating and walking around the office for a good two hours, with a long nap in the middle, before being picked up by the RSPCA and taken to an orphaned and abandoned lamb sanctuary."

She also praised the children and members of the public who alerted the police to the lamb.

"I have no doubt that if he had been left any longer then he would have died very quickly as it was a very hot day and he was unsheltered and unable to look after himself," she added.

Photo issued by Gloucestershire Police of a lamb which was rescued by police officers after it was found dumped at the back of a church in Cheltenham. Photo: Gloucestershire Police/PA Wire
Photo issued by Gloucestershire Police of a lamb which was rescued by police officers after it was found dumped at the back of a church in Cheltenham. Photo: Gloucestershire Police/PA Wire

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