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Live Vet-Assisted Lamb Birth

The first vet-assisted birth of the 2009 lambing season happened once again in the middle of the night.

The last of the January-due sheep decided to start lambing at 10pm Monday evening while the owls were hooting loudly. It was a tight squeeze and the lamb not correctly presented, so we called the vet out for assistance who made it look easy! After Ron the vet re-adjusted the lamb's head position it popped out straight away (albeit with a fair amout of force!) The lamb is a very large single lamb and was a little bit "hypoxic" (lack of oxygen in blood supply) when it came out making it a little slow to start with but it is OK now.

Update From Tuesday Morning: The lamb still hasn't had any milk to drink despite being encouraged to do so from the bottle. It is still slow and lathargic so it is not out of the woods yet and may well die. Time will tell but all fingers are crossed as the last thing we want is for it to die, especially having called out the vet out-of-hours which won't be cheap!

Update 25th Feb 2009 Update from Lynda: hello.. just got in aftyer another session with lamb.. think it is beginning to make progress... we managed to get it drinking from its mum just now for the first time ... its still very slow but we think it may be ok... fingers crossed

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Well done to all of you involved in getting Babs to make it

I hope Babs does well she has had a rough start.

Great to hear young Babs is doing well. Well done to you all.

Wonderful news, Lynda. Thank you.

Hello ...quick update... the new lamb ( now known to us as Babs) has this afternoon been taken out of intensive care ! she and her mum are now with the other two sheep, twins and single lamb and to give you an idea of her size, she is as big as the twin lambs that were born over a week ago,,,

Morning! And how is vet assisted lamb today? Stronger I hope.

God Bless you one and all!

How is the lamb doing today? Does it have a name? The live birth footage was amazing! I really expected the mama to kick up a fuss - just shows how dramatic us humans like to be!

And how is the vet. assisted lamb doing now?

These are the messages from Lynda on Chat last night:- Lynda in London (ish), U.K. (24/02/2009 22:11:38): cant stop cos am bushed but thought youmight like to hear a progless report... it has also stood up this aft on its own.. leaving it now til tomorrow am (early) and will give it another session of teaching it to drink from its mum Lynda in London (ish), U.K. (24/02/2009 22:106): hello.. just got in aftyer another session with lamb.. think it is beginning to make progress... we managed to get it drinking from its mum just now for the first time ... its still very slow but we think it may be ok... fingers crossed

lynda so glad to hear about the little lamb. thanks so much for leting us all lambwatchers no.

Fingers crossed, toes and teeth crossed too!

Sending the little lamb the best Cornish luck From Lanner

wow, so amazing, again. much easier than the one i remember watching from last year! also hope the lamb makes it. thanks so much, dan.

lynda&family praying for little girl hugs.

hope the lamb will be ok.

this is so fasinating i really enjoyed watching the birth of the little lamb

Hope little lamby will pull through, has it got brain damage due to lack of oxygen? Hope he/she feeds soon *hugs*

What patient animals sheep are and not much fuss from them with all they have to go through with an assisted birth. Well done Ron the Vet, Howard and Lynda for a successful birth and now we are hoping and praying that the little lamb will start to feed. Thanks Dan for recording the event.