Lamb spared chop after bin rescue
A lamb has been saved from the dinner plate after being found dumped in a wheelie bin on a city street.
District nurse Gillian Powell was doing her house calls when she heard a high-pitched "baa-baa" coming from the bin on Watts Street in Levenshulme, an inner-city area of south Manchester.
Nurse Powell phoned her colleague Georgina Holmes at a nearby clinic and she rushed down to help investigate.
The pair plucked up enough courage to open the top of the bin - to find the month-old animal inside.
"She was anxious about opening the bin because she didn't know what she'd find, so she rang me at the health centre around the corner and I went straight over to meet her," Ms Holmes said.
"We couldn't believe it when we lifted the lid, the last thing we expected to see was a lamb!"
The nurses wrapped him in a blanket before ringing police and the RSPCA.
The animal was checked over by a vet and found to be uninjured and healthy, apart from a slightly ulcerated eye which he is receiving treatment for.
It is not known how long the animal had been in the bin but it is suspected it may have been "rustled" from a farm following a spate of thefts in recent weeks.
The animal, which has to be bottle-fed, is now being looked after on a farm and will be fostered and become a pet, the RSPCA said.