Happy ending for Cardi
Its very rare that a sheep ends up with just three legs. Its one in a million that it also gives birth to twin lambs.
But 7 years old ewe Cardi defied all the odds and not only coped brilliantly when she had her front leg removed but went on to give birth to two bouncing lambs.
Six weeks earlier this unusual and challenging patient had arrived at Clent Hills Equine Unit with a broken front leg.
Rescued 7yrs ago by the Farm Animal & Bird Sanctuary Trust . She had spent every day jumping over fences from one paddock to another. Earning the name of Cardi- “Because the was a woolly jumper” .
Until the fateful day when she misjudged a fence,shattering her leg so that now it was touch and go that she could survive,
Vet Alistair Field explains” There were only two options-To amputate her leg or have her put down.
But the option to amputate also had its high risk. Sheep do not tolerate anaesthetics well. If the operation took place it would have to be done very quickly with the minimum of sedation.”
Another problem -Cardi was in lamb. Anaesthetics could cause an abortion or kill the unborn lambs
“ We had to give her the chance but we were on tenterhooks waiting to hear if she would survive. Thankfully just two hours later the good news came that not only the operation had been successful and ten minutes after she came round she was walking around on three legs .
Cardi mastered losing a leg and and continued to live a virtually normal life. The worry now was had the unborn lambs have been affected by the anaesthetic and would she be able to cope with lambs feeding from her.
To everyone 's amazement she not only produced two strapping lambs and had no problem feeding them.
They are aptly named Arran and Jersey.
THANKS TO CLENT HILLS VETS MANY OF THE INJURED OR SICK RESCUED ANIMALS LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED AND HAVE LIVED A HAPPY LIFE AT THE SANCTUARY.
LIKE ALL CHARITIES WE NEED SUPPORT TO CARRY ON SAVING ANIMALS LIVES AND GIVING THEM A PERMANENT HOME.
ANY DONATIONS WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
Farm animal & Bird Sanctuary Trust,Stoney Lane ,Tardebigge,Bromsgrove B60 1LY