Our five­legged lamb!

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An ex­tra­or­di­nary baby sheep ar­rives at the surgery...

Peter Wright has treated an­i­mals for decades and trained un­der world fa­mous vet James Her­riot, but he gets a shock when a five-legged lamb ar­rives at his prac­tice this week!

Katy, a young vet at Peter’s Skel­dale Ve­teri­nary Cen­tre in North York­shire, owns the baby sheep and is de­ter­mined to op­er­ate on the an­i­mal, named ‘Fiver’ due to its ex­tra limb, her­self.

‘I’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore,’ says Katy. ‘I’m a bit ner­vous, but it’s re­ally im­por­tant to get the surgery done quickly and re­turn Fiver to her mother, be­cause if we don’t there’s a chance she’ll re­ject her.’


Peter agrees to let Katy per­form the op­er­a­tion, but only un­der the gaze of his ex­pe­ri­enced part­ner Ju­lian Nor­ton, who is also baf­fled by the lamb’s ex­tra limb.

‘I’ve never seen any­thing like this be­fore,’ says Ju­lian. ‘The lit­tle lamb seems fine with it now, but when she grows up the leg will hin­der her. We don’t want to dam­age her other legs so it will be a tricky surgery. It’s the most un­usual am­pu­ta­tion I’ve ever done.’

While Ju­lian and Katy pre­pare for surgery, Peter treats a York­shire ter­rier with a se­vere con­di­tion and chases a pea­cock on a hous­ing es­tate.

When he re­turns to the prac­tice, he is re­lieved to learn that

Fiver sur­vived her op­er­a­tion.

‘We were wor­ried be­cause she started breath­ing er­rat­i­cally at one point,’ says Katy. ‘We knew we had to get her sewn up fast, and thank­fully she pulled through okay.’

Feel­ing sheep­ish... Ju­lian and Katy with un­usual lamb ‘Fiver’

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