Surviving the winter months can be extremely difficult for animals, but survival becomes nearly impossible for weaker newborns who are born into such harsh conditions.
So when a sheep gave birth to twin lambs on one of the coldest nights of the season, the weaker of the two brothers, who weighed less than a pound, quickly started dying. “The mother [sheep] had twins – the big one was standing up and demanding all the attention,” sheep farmer Suzanna Crampton said.
“She had managed to clean off Teeny Tiny but by the time I discovered him he was hypothermic. Monday night was bitterly cold, when I reached him, the inside of his mouth was freezing cold and I thought the worst,” Crampton said.
Crampton refused to give up on the weak newborn and brought him inside her home, wrapped him in warms blankets, and placed him inside her large, old oven. “The lower left-hand section of the Aga is like a hot box. I put him inside and he was resuscitated,” she said.
“I weighed his bigger brother and he’s 5lb. Teeny Tiny is barely 1lb,” she said. “We just hope that he lives, it’s still dicey. He is not on his legs yet but we hope that he stands. I have taken him out of the Aga and I have him wrapped up in a wool blanket now with a heat lamp.”
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