Pikelet the lamb was found on the side of a country road with a smashed jaw.
He also had a huge gash on his nose and had lost most of his front teeth. His wounds and the smell that came from them suggested he had been on his own, injured like this, for quite some time.
“We can’t be sure what happened to him, but his injuries are consistent with a fall from a trailer,” Rachael Parker, founder of Australia’s Greener Pastures Sanctuary, told The Dodo.
Parker immediately took Pikelet to a veterinarian in order to wire his jaw and save as many of his remaining teeth as possible. “His jaw was screwed back together despite our vets being worried about infection and his quality of life,” Parker said. “Unfortunately, the screws came loose and he had to have a second surgery to wire his jaw.”
“He was dehydrated, infected and in so much pain,” Parker said about Pikelet when he was first rescued. “Despite it all, he was so trusting of us. He’s a brave little guy and obviously a fighter. We couldn’t give up on him.”
Pikelet is an “indoor lamb,” and has been living in Parker’s home, but he has made new best friends with the couple’s two children.
“He has been so so brave, just gets on with life no matter what. He has started to play and run a bit but still loves to sit quietly and cuddle, he’s a real mama’s boy,” she said.