She was the third born in a set of triplets. The first lamb was so badly presented that he died before birth and had to be delivered by a vet, who did not expect any other lambs to be alive. But a strong black ram lamb and then a vigorous Rachel followed. She is a beautiful ewe lamb with what appears to be a silver fleece, very rare. At three months old, she fought off the dreaded barber pole worm. She needed a blood transfusion to recover. One month later, she developed coccidia, and became thin and to keep her out of the bitter cold and wind we were having, till she got stronger, she lived in tarp lined room in nice warm basement. Since then, she has been growing and thriving. She has a typically beautiful Wensleydale fleece, with a five inch length and all the luster you could hope for.
Christmas Eve morning, she was found with her right rear leg dangling. A trip to my great local vet confirmed through X Ray that she had a badly broken tibia. It was in a very bad place to get to heal with just a cast. It was casted, though, to get her through Christmas. Today, after talking to orthopedic surgeons at the New Bolton UPenn Veterinary Center the decision was made to give her the best possible chance of a good recovery, she will have surgery there on Thursday Dec. 28. The surgery and after care is estimated to be $1,800.00 We have already put almost $900 towards her safe veterinary assisted delivery and then a blood transfusion and after care and another $500 at the vet on Christmas Eve. We are committed to this surgery, but could sure use some help.
Rachel is just such a dear little girl, and was the result of the breeding of my best ewe and ram. She brings joy to our soul and warmth to our hearts. I have her mother and father, and care for them, and my other sheep so very much. Rachel has a strong will to live and seems to know, every time we are doing things to try to help her. You can see it in her eyes. She was finally feeling good, jumping and running, and now this horrible set back. Any financial help will be appreciated. You are more than welcome to come and visit her at any time that we can arrange. She loves to be “loved on!”
-Susan Withnell (Rachel's owner)
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