Meet Nugget, the Road-Tripping Lamb Saved By Two Maine Farmers
Lambs are universally seen as cute, cuddly, and soft. So you might be surprised to hear that newborn lambs go through the same "survival of the fittest" style experience as most other animals. That means that some lambs get left behind in favor of their brothers and sisters, during their earliest days when they are totally dependent on their mother. For lambs born on farms, though there's a safety net: the farmers often adopt abandoned newborns. That's exactly what happened to Nugget.
Born at Toddy Pond Farm in Monroe, Maine, Nugget was a triplet. Since ewes can only feed two lambs at once, it was inevitable that either Nugget or one of his siblings was going to be rejected by their mother.
So farmers Greg and Heide Purinton-Brown stepped into the role of adoptive parents to Nugget. After deliberating whether it was the right move—because the lamb would end up being totally dependent on them—they decided to bottle-feed the newborn and oversee his growth. And since the Purinton-Browns are active travelers, Nugget quickly became a road-tripper! As you might guess based on the below photo, everywhere he went, Nugget was a big hit.
Dressed in a lightly tailored sleeve of one of Greg's old sweaters, Nugget travelled with his adoptive parents to a number of stores and fairs, and some of his appearances were captured in this incredibly sweet video.
Adopting lambs, for those of us who are less familiar with farming, is quite common! You can read more about Nugget and about other farmers' stories of caring for baby animals in need, in the full story in the Portland Press Herald.
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