Baby Lamb Found On The Highway Gets A New Happy Family

When this lamb was found by a highway as a baby, wounded and without a mother to care for him, he became the first ever lamb rescued by Australia’s Greener Pastures Sanctuary.

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“He was found on the side of a very remote highway as a newborn, next to his dead mom,” Rachael Parker, the founder of the sanctuary said.

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“It seems his mom was being transported to either a abbatoir [slaughterhouse] or, worse, a live export ship when she fell from the truck she was on,” Parker added. “She managed to give birth to Levy before passing away.”

Without a mother to care for him, let alone protect him, young Levy became prey for a group of crows who pecked at him, leaving scabs on his back and face. Parker said that, thankfully, Levy’s eyes were spared, though crows tend to tend to aim for them.

A truck driver found Levy in his despondent state and immediately took him to a veterinary nurse in the city of Perth, where he’d be able to get the help he needed. The nurse then passed Levy along to Greener Pastures and directly into Parker’s care.

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“I bottle-fed him around the clock and he slept snuggled up to me for the first couple of weeks until he settled in,” Parker said.

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Levy naturally came to enjoy the company of his human caretakers and their three dogs.

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Given Levy’s particular backstory, it makes sense that Parker was one day contacted by Stop Live Exports.  They are a group dedicated to ending the practice of live export, where farm animals are shipped overseas. Australia happens to be the world’s largest exporter of live sheep and the fourth-largest exporter of cattle.

These animals are kept in cramped, dirty spaces aboard ships for days or even weeks at a time and are subject to extreme temperature changes and ammonia, according to Stop Live Exports. The final destination for the animals who survive such an arduous trek are slaughterhouses overseas, which often have less than rigorous welfare standards.

“[Levy] had such an amazing temperment, we decided to see how he coped going out and about as an ambassador,” Parker said. “He was perfect.”

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That was how Levy officially became an representative for Stop Live Exports, attending marches and becoming a regular fixture in local newspapers.

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As an ambassador, Levy uses his story to help bring awareness to the cruel practice of transporting live animals like cargo to different countries.

Fortunately, he was able to escape such a grim fate.

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Levy is now almost 6 years old and loves spending his days with his group of friends, which include other sheep like himself, goats, an alpaca and two pigs.

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He grew up to become a fighter against the industry!

As part of his duties, Parker said, Levy also helps introduce people to a different side to sheep. “[He’s] often a favorite with tour groups who visit the sanctuary,” she said. “He shows people that sheep are far from dumb. [They] are social, affectionate and sensitive.”

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