Animals of Bella View Farm Sanctuary are in need of caring people like you to sponsor their monthly feed, shelter and care costs.
When you choose to become a full care monthly sponsor to our special needs lamb, you will be helping to provide quality feed, pine shavings and straw bedding, timothy hay, and daily care.
With your tax deductible $30.00 full monthly sponsorship you will receive a beautiful color personal thank you photo-card of your sponsored friend, along with some other goodies, and frequent personal updates. You can also schedule visits to the farm to spend some quality time with them.
Whether it be $5, $10 a month - every bit helps the lambs!
This is Forrest. He's what they call a "bummer lamb" (the ewe died after giving birth - she was 12 years old)
He came from a sustainable agriculture farm that raises sheep.
They had found the ewe laying in the field and thought she had passed, but then noticed that she was alive, so they got her back to the barn. Thinking that she was not going to make it through the night, yet wanting her to be comfortable.
The next morning (Jan. 1) she had given birth to 2 lambs. One was already dead, and Forrest was the other. The momma died shortly after. She had never gained any weight, and did not bag up (produce milk) hence' they didn't realize that she was pregnant. Needless to say little Forrest did not receive colostrum that babies need to kick-start their immune system.
At first they thought he may be blind from the way that he was acting, but we're not so sure about that. He seems a little "off" at times, possibly due to his mommas age and lack of teeth that she had, the babies were not getting enough nutrients that they needed.
This may, or may not be something that he just outgrows, but either way, he's "home"
We don't know all the details of Rue's story, but he was born sometime in the early afternoon. There was no mother in sight and he was in with a herd of 13 adult sheep that were kicking him away. Literally pushing his newborn body into a gate. The owner found him wet and crying and brought him inside. At this point he was unable to walk, and was very weak.
We were contacted about this baby and sent a video of him trying to walk. When we watched the video, we knew there was something not right with this baby. It was absolutely heartbreaking! We knew that he did not have colostrum, but it was something more than that. he walks on his fetlocks and his legs seem abnormally long. We needed to get this baby ASAP, and we did!
His diagnoses thus far: The cornea in his left eye had been damaged, and at this time he cannot see out of it. Leg x-rays showed no bone deformities, but when you picked him up, his little legs just hang like noodles. His head is a little malformed leading to believe possible neurological issues. He is suspected of having an inherited neuromuscular disease or congenital progressive muscular dystrophy. This can be from inbreeding, which was confirmed by the owner. This little boy has a long road ahead of him.
We are treating him with selenium and supplements for his muscles. We still start physical therapy with him shortly. We don't know what the long term prognosis will be, but I do know that he is going to have every chance for the best life possible.