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Lucky lamb finds new Dalmatian mom

2012-08-10 22:29

Sydney - A newborn lamb with rare black spots that was abandoned by its mother on an Australian farm has been adopted by a Dalmatian dog with almost identical markings, news reports said on Friday.

Julie Bolton, who runs sheep as well as breeds dogs, is hand-rearing the lamb with the help of one of her champion Dalmatians.

"Now the mother, who doesn't have puppies at the moment, is actually cleaning it and licking it and mothering it, and it tries to mother up to her udder," Bolton told the national broadcaster ABC.

"The lamb follows the dog, but it gets its milk from me, from the bottle."

She said she is hoping the odd couple could earn their keep by starring in television commercials.

"It's truly spotted, black spots on a white-based coat, which is the same as a Dalmatian," she said.

Comments
  • samantha.m.rogers.9 - 2012-08-10 23:45

    Aw thats cute!!! Really warms a persons heart reading stories like this!! Adorable story!!

  • Jason - 2012-08-10 23:49

    Just beautiful!

  • delish7564 - 2012-08-11 02:01

    Lovely to read after the violence around Cape Town today.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-11 10:15

    That mother dalmation will more then likely develop milk and be able to feed the lamb herself, I had a maltese that over the years adopted a few litters of kittens, and developed milk and was able to feed and rear the kittens. Lovely story for a change.

  • comurray - 2012-08-11 10:33

    These wonderful animals can teach humans one hell of a lot about caring for others, and they are classed as dumb animals.What a change for the books.

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