Farmer saves life of newborn lamb found in a water bucket – by heating it up with wife’s HAIRDRYER

Ed Dee with Lucky the lamb (SWNS Group)

This is the heart-warming moment a farmer saved a newborn lamb which was found in a water trough – by heating it up with his wife’s HAIRDRYER.

Ed Dee, 47, was checking on his flock at 4.30am when he found one of them was lying lifeless submerged in several inches of water.

He rushed the tiny day-and-a-half-old lamb, which was close to death, into the kitchen of his farm house and wrapped it in a towel.

When the lamb started to slip into unconsciousness, quick thinking Ed grabbed his wife Mo’s hairdryer and started blowing it on the animal’s tiny body.

Ed Dee with Lucky the lamb (SWNS Group)
Ed Dee with Lucky the lamb (SWNS Group)

Footage captured by Mo, 46, shows the little lamb lying on a mat inside their house as Ed blow dried it back to health.

The 1.03-minute video of the lamb‘s rescue, which happened on Saturday (19/3), has now been viewed almost 35,000 times on Facebook.

Incredibly, after drying the lamb Ed then put it in the bottom oven of their Aga cooker with the door left open in order to rise its body temperature.

The lamb – who has now been nicknamed Lucky – made a full recovery and has rejoined his mother in the farm at the West Lodge Rural Centre in Desborough, Northants.
NTI_HAIRDRYER_LAMB_03Ed said: “The lamb had got into the bucket between midnight and 4am.

“I fished it out and tried to dry it.

“We put it under the heat lamp but that wasn’t working so we decided to give it a blow-dry.

“It went straight back to its mum, bleated to her and then was feeding again.

“I checked on the lamb again yesterday and it was feeding and doing all the normal lamb things it should be doing.

“The mum was a first-time ewe and she’s a good mum.”
NTI_HAIRDRYER_LAMB_25Ed spent more than 15 minutes using his wife’s hairdryer before he put the lamb in the plate-warming section of the oven to finish heating it up.

Another adorable video shows Lucky wandering around the family’s house and walking to their cat’s scratching post before he is picked up to be taken back to his mum.

Farm manager Ryan Thompson, 40, said: “Ed had towel dried it but the heat lamp wasn’t enough to warm it through.

“He had to borrow his wife’s hairdryer and then the best way to warm a lamb up all the way to the bone is to put them in the bottom oven of an Aga.

“It is the plate-warming section so it would be about 40 degrees Celsius with the door open.

“It’s quite common practice for farmers to do that when you’ve got a weak lamb to try and help them survive.

“We usually have too many sheep to name but we have nicknamed this one Lucky.

“He really is an Easter miracle.”
NTI_HAIRDRYER_LAMB_18West Lodge Rural Centre, which has been owned by three generations of farmer Ed’s family, is halfway through its lambing season with 120 born so far.

The working farm, which is home to cows, pigs, goats, chickens and horses, also has a visitor centre which has been open for the last 20 years.


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