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The Heritage Park Petting Farm has a new member of its family, a lamb named “Lucky,” which seems apropos given its recent history.
Petting Farm Manager Melanie Shihadeh reported earlier this week that the lamb, estimated to be about two months old, was doing well after a bout with illness. Staff at the farm renamed the lamb Lucky because they took it in on St. Paddy’s Day, nursed it back to health from a bout with pneumonia and – above all – avoided what may have been a sad end for the animal.
The story started when the lamb found itself on loan as a photography prop for children’s holiday pictures. A woman having her child photographed asked about the lamb and found out that it was eventually scheduled to be returned to its original owner and likely butchered. The woman was so disturbed by the possibility that she purchased it and took it home. She then began looking for an organization that might accept “Lucky.”
Eventually, she turned to the Petting Farm.
“It wasn't drinking a full bottle so we knew something was wrong,” Shihadeh said. “Our vet came out and Lucky was diagnosed with pneumonia and was on antibiotic shots that farm staff had to give him for a week.”
Shihadeh went on to explain how farm staff also had to learn how to stick a tube down the lamb’s throat to feed him in the event he stopped drinking his bottles completely.
“Thank goodness he responded to medicine fast and we did not have to do that,” she laughed. “Our vet did however do it once to make sure he was getting enough fluids. Bottle-fed baby animals get pneumonia when they are being fed with the wrong size bottle and nipple milk gets aspirated into their lungs. Which is what happened to Lucky.”
The good news is what could have been a sad story has turned around in a hurry. Shihadeh reports the lamb seems to be making a fully recovery. As for the name “Lucky,” it seemed to work with the St. Paddy’s Day rescue … as well as everything else that the lamb went through in his young life.
Everyone is invited to celebrate spring at the Petting Farm’s sheep shearing event on Saturday, April 27. The farm will be open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Come meet Lucky, enjoy sheep shearing demonstrations, receive a free spring craft, and enjoy pony rides during the “Celebration Spring” event.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please note that the Petting Farm usually avoids accepting donated animals for obvious reasons. However, if you have questions or concerns about specific animals, the staff may be able to help you with specific problems. Farm hours during the warm weather months are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays).