Monroe farmers take in lamb

(WABI)
Published: Apr. 10, 2018 at 4:32 PM EDT
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Nugget from Toddy Pond Farm in Monroe is a two week old lamb who already has an extensive life story.

“He was born one of three lambs born to one of our three ewes,” said owner Greg Purinton-Brown. “He right away was not very strong and didn't nurse from his mother very quickly. We were still experience quite a bit of cold weather at that point and so when he didn't start to nurse, his body temperature began to drop.”

As cold weather continued to hit Maine, the owners stepped in and brought Nugget inside to be bottle fed.

“We didn't really want to do that but it was pretty much the only option at that point,” said Purinton-Brown. “We’ve had no other ewe that had lambed recently that would accept him as a baby and his mother was not accepting him.”

As his health improved, Nugget began taking trips to farmers markets, attracting the attention of a lot of people. Now, the lamb spends his days with the family drinking special milk and staying warm in his small sweater…

“He's special for us just because he's pretty personable, pretty easy going. He's like a little baby I guess. It's kind of nice to have him around. I've grown somewhat attached to him and we will probably weather him and then he'll be a companion for our rams.”

Purinton-Brown say that bottle feeding lambs is a fairly common practice, but Nugget’s popularity has been undeniable in the last few weeks.

“It's been interesting the reaction from the community about the lamb. I think he's been accepted by a lot of people because he's kind of a happy story. He's incredibly cute, obviously, as all lambs are, but I think people need that.”

Toddy Pond Farm will be open for visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting in May.

You may even get to see Nugget when you are there…