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Pet Lambs

Pet lambs are lambs that cannot be fed by their mothers. They are then looked after by the farmer or by farm helpers. There are several reasons why a lamb may not be fed by its mother. Sometimes when a sheep gives birth to three lambs it cannot always provide enough milk for all three. One of them may become a pet lamb while the mother continues to feed the other two.

A pet lamb being bottle fed
Mum cannot always feed triplets

Pet lambs are not fed on sheeps milk. They are fed with a special formula milk which is very expensive. It contains multi-vitamins. The bottle is placed in the lamb's mouth and squeezed to squirt in the milk. Lambs cannot be fed on cows milk because it contains too much protein and may damage the lambs kidneys.