Plea for thieves to re­turn lamb

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

OWN­ERS fear a lit­tle lamb stolen from a pet­ting zoo at the Townsville Show will die un­less it is re­turned to its mother.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent af­ter the lamb was taken some time be­tween 9pm and 9.30pm on Fri­day night

Carters Farm pet­ting zoo own­ers Kevin and Deb­bie Carter said they re­mem­ber see­ing peo­ple pick­ing up the lamb and pet­ting it just af­ter 9pm.

The dev­as­tated cou­ple said this was the first time any­thing like this had hap­pened in four years of at­tend­ing shows. They fear the lamb was so do­mes­ti­cated that it would have gone qui­etly with the thief.

“She was so used to be­ing picked up – it’s been hap­pen­ing since she was born – the lit­tle thing wouldn’t have thought she was be­ing taken from her mum,” Ms Carter said.

“They don’t make a sound when you pick them up, they’re very trust­ing of peo­ple.

“It’s dev­as­tat­ing, she isn’t tak­ing a bot­tle, so if she isn’t re­turned to her mother for a feed, she will die.

“The poor lit­tle lamb needs to be with her mother for at least another two months.

“The an­i­mal is go­ing to suf­fer. She won’t eat and she will die.

“It’s very up­set­ting, you know, re­ally dev­as­tat­ing stuff, it’s only lit­tle and we put a lot of time and heart into the lit­tle things to get them com­fort­able around peo­ple and then some­one goes and takes her from us.

“We’ve got about 80 an­i­mals here in to­tal and it is re­ally hard to keep an eye all of them. You’ve got to trust peo­ple to not do some­thing stupid and pinch a lamb.

“We just want her back. I don’t care about any­thing else. No ques­tions asked.

“Peo­ple love the an­i­mals and we love putting a smile of their faces, so to have some­thing like this hap­pen is re­ally up­set­ting.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that could as­sist with this mat­ter are asked to con­tact Crime Stop­pers anony­mously via 1800 333 000 or crimestop­pers. com. au.

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