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WATCH: This Lamb Has A Bionic Leg And She’s Absolutely Adorable

WATCH: This Lamb Has A Bionic Leg And She’s Absolutely Adorable

When little lamb Blossom was born three months ago, she was abandoned by her mother pretty much straight away.

Why? She developed nephrosis - a kidney disorder that causes the body to excrete too much protein in your urine.

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Unable to suck or feed, the disorder also led to spinal nerve damage essentially causing paralysis in Blossom's front legs.

Living on a remote island with no vet, owner Rachel Challoner, 42, was forced to come up with a novel way of helping the young lamb get back to full strength - bionic legs.

Blossom has been sporting makeshift supports made out of drain piping and metal rods in a bid to toughen her two front legs ever since, and it's the cutest thing you've ever seen.

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Credit: SWNS
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Nicknamed 'Bionic Blossom' by Rachel, the former music teacher said: "One day I went down to feed the ewes and her front legs wouldn't work."

"We're a very remote island and don't have a vet, but one of my friend's sons is a vet so I sent him pics and videos and he said it looks like spinal nerve damage. He recommended steroids and a course of injections."

"During that time she improved from not using her legs at all to standing up, but because she's not been using them her muscles have really weekend," she explained.

"Once the treatment ended there was nothing more we could do from a medical point of view."

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Credit: SWNS

Taking matters into her own hands, Rachel enlisted the help of the island nurse, whose husband came up with the idea of the makeshift leg supports.

"Her husband Bob, who is an incredible handyman, came up with the first pair of splints, like calipers, that were pipe lagging with wooden dowel rods, which worked fine," Rachel continued.

"We made sure she could still lie down and get back up."

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Credit: SWNS

It wasn't all smooth sailing though, as Rachel said that "when she lay down one day she snapped one of the dowel rods and I asked if there was anything we could do. Bob found thin metal rods and that was her 'mark II' legs which have done a fantastic job."

"Now she's getting around ever so well and I've watched her running across the ground," she added.

Videos of the cute lamb have become something of a hit on Twitter, with the clips viewed thousands of times.

And despite the possibility of Blossom never bearing any lambs of her own given her week limbs, Rachel is more than happy to keep the adorable animal on as a companion to her other farm animals.

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Credit: SWNS

"I'd love for her to make a complete and full recovery and go on and have her own lambs but I think it'll put too much pressure on her body. She'll just be a companion animal so we'll just see."

All together now: AWWWWWWWWWW.

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Topics: News, Life News, Real

Naomi Chadderton

Naomi is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from The University of Nottingham, Naomi moved out to Dubai where she worked for Grazia Middle East and Harper's Bazaar Arabia. She is now back home and enjoying the London life.

 

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