• This premature lamb weighed the same as a guinea pig - and survived

    2 monthes ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Premature livestock of all kinds often have a dome-shaped head, floppy ears, and a silky coat.
    A case study of Davie, the premature lamb.
    Words: Dr Sarah Clews, BVSc
    There are many lessons to be learnt from this premature lamb who weighed the same as a guinea pig when he was born, and then lost his mother.
    THE PROBLEM
    Davie's mother was carrying triplets. She was ravenously hungry in the third trimester of pregnancy, but there wasn't enough pasture to meet her high energy requirements. Sheep rarely browse on trees and shrubs, as they prefer grazing pasture, but in her hungry state, she ate...
    Read more ...