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.
It's been stomach tubed w/warm colostrum.Big Fellow spent ages drying him off by licking which is a great stimulate&now stand vigilant pic.twitter.com/FNpJ1ouyNk— Zwartbles Ireland (@ZwartblesIE) January 2, 2017
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".
TeenyTiny is doing well he shit&peeeed on me while supping his morning milk,which means his insides are working so despite mess good news pic.twitter.com/7S25uwba8F— Zwartbles Ireland (@ZwartblesIE) January 3, 2017
FlippenHeck Tiz bitter cold out;found this new born near dead&already has cold mouth tiz tiny!Triplet runt Ebony looks giant next to it pic.twitter.com/9t1NqFMsVu— Zwartbles Ireland (@ZwartblesIE) January 2, 2017
A pound of butter weights more than TeenyTiny, he is hardly a pound in weight. pic.twitter.com/Jr4qeNotNM— Zwartbles Ireland (@ZwartblesIE) January 3, 2017
So the big twin out with Mammy weights in at nearly 4 pounds....... pic.twitter.com/OwydeHGpg4— Zwartbles Ireland (@ZwartblesIE) January 3, 2017
Ebony has decided to join in & sits at the oven door enjoying the ambient heat pic.twitter.com/Mi8mkxZmRr— Zwartbles Ireland (@ZwartblesIE) January 2, 2017