Friday, August 3, 2007

Little Lamb

While browsing through pictures on the internet, I came across this picture and it just made my heart break. This seven-legged lamb lives on a farm in New Zealand. I wonder if his condition is a result of the hormones and antibiotics that farms routinely give to animals. My only hope is that this little lamb isn't in any pain or discomfort. What can one do for an animal like this? The farmer has announced that the lamb will be euthanized. This article upset me by saying that the lamb was "likely to be destroyed". How can you word it like that? Would you ever say that about a human baby? I will be thinking about this little lamb today.

10 comments:

Kate said...

Great blog, thanks for visiting mine! That a really touching story. I wonder if a farm santuary owuld take the little guy in.

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Kate said...

Great blog, thanks for visiting mine! That a really touching story. I wonder if a farm santuary owuld take the little guy in.

VeggieGirl said...

oh my goodness, this is so tragic - that article definitely needs to be re-worded ("likely to be destroyed" - how despicable!!). I too will be praying for this lamb.

Judy said...

7 legs?! Oh my...

Vegan*asm said...

That is devistating. Things like that happen to so many animals, and we don't even stop to think that it is at our hands.

Veg-a-Nut said...

The poor little guy. He is so cute. I was so upset and telling my husband,"why can't they just let him live like that?" Then I read the article. I guess I feel somewhat better knowing that the farmer isn't putting him down because of his extra legs. I can picture him happy and running in the field. I am sorry that the veternarian is not able to correct the problem. Or maybe he could, but no one wants to pay or donate their time and talents. Maybe someone else will read the article and be able to help this little guy. My heart breaks.

bazu said...

I read about him. The poor little guy has already been euthanized, because he was missing parts of his bowels, and therefore was in severe pain and bad health. He was lucky, I think, that the farmer cared enough to put him out of his pain. Better fate than many normal, healthy sheep in this world. I heard the reason he was born like this is that it was a twin that never fully formed. (He was born with an identical sibling, so that would have been triplets.)
Poor little guy.

vko said...

Poor little lamb and his extra legs- I just read the article too and I do feel better knowing that the reason they had to put hims down was because he did not have fully formed bowels. I'm certain that if it was just the case of extra legs, they could have amputated some so he could run around normally.

Oh the poor little baby lamb.

Anonymous said...

great blog but I do have to just add to this post. Antibiotics may be used for animals but hormones have not been used on animals since 1967 in New Zealand.