A woman in Manchester was surprised when, checking out an unusual sound, she discovered a month-old lamb inside of a wheelie bin.
Gillian Powell, a district nurse, was on a house-call when she heard a noise coming from a bin. Nervous about what she might find, she called Georgina Holmes, a colleague who was working at a health centre around the corner.
"We couldn't believe it when we lifted the lid," Sky News quoted Holmes as saying. "The last thing we expected to see was a lamb!"
They wrapped the animal in a blanket , phoned the police and RSPCA, and then drove to a farm.
"Obviously it’s not every day a lamb is found dumped in a wheelie bin. As you’d imagine, the lamb’s discovery caused a lot of interest amongst people in the area," RSPCA Inspector Caroline Hall said.
" We’re very grateful to them for everything they did to help. Who knows what would have happened to him otherwise."
A vet checked the lamb, who had already had his tail docked and was castrated, and found him to be healthy - apart from an ulcerated eye, which is now being treated.
The animal is currently being cared for by RSPCA fosterer Bryony Roberts.
“He is bottle-fed every three to four hours, day and night," the Sunday Express quoted her as saying. Everyone here loses sleep as a result but he’s well worth it.”
The paper reported that it is paying for costs associated with the lamb’s recuperation, and is running a contest to name the animal- with the winner receiving a two-month RSPCA membership.
“We’re very grateful to the Sunday Express for their kind offer to pay for this lamb’s care and we cannot wait to hear what name readers come up with," Mike Hogg, RSPCA manager for the North of England, told the paper.