Kevin had been through a very stressful and painful time before being surrendered to LCA. At some point in his brief 10 months of life, his leg had become bound in a piece of hay band. Hay band is very strong so the piece had cut off the circulation above the hoof and had cut into the skin. His hoof was actually partially detached from his leg. Kevin was terrified and in terrible pain. He was taken immediately to one of our vets where a amputation of the lower section of the leg was performed. We are always amazed at how quickly lambs bounce back from amputations and Kevin was up and grazing only hours after the surgery.
His new BFF Russel didn’t have a much better time. He also arrived in terrible pain after his right rear tendon was sliced through during the crutching process. Crutching is performed between the full shear and is when the wool around a lamb/sheeps rear end is removed to help keep the area clean. The terrified Russel was given strong pain relief and taken to the vet for urgent treatment.
Now that Kevin is pain free he has shown his true self to be a friendly and inquisitive boy who loves his food and a nice scratch behind the ear. Russel has beautiful eyes that still currently show the scars of his experience. We hope that he will soon learn that he will not be hurt again but will only experience the love and care that all lambs deserve.
Photos: Kate Perkins