Intensive Care Unit

This fundraiser is for an Intensive Care Unit that will help us to save the lives of sick lambs each year. 

Newborn lambs often come into our care with their health compromised. Some do not cough up the amniotic fluid after birth which leaves their lungs in a terrible state. Many arrive hypothermic and need their body temperature raised slowly and carefully. Post surgery lambs can be incredibly fragile. The premature lambs also require critical care as they are unable to stabilize their body temperature. This unit would help to care for these lambs in an even better way than we are able to at the moment. 

The story of Daisy lamb

Daisy arrived into our care on May 1 this year. She was one of triplets born in Victoria’s first cold snap of the year. She arrived hypothermic and in a critical condition. She was given a warming bath as her temperature had plummeted to just 33.5 degrees. Daisy remained critical as we waited to see if her tiny body and internal organs were able to win the fight for survival. Following the bath she was wrapped up in blankets and laid on a hot water bottle in an attempt to maintain the body warmth the bath had achieved. 

Getting hypothermic lambs, such as Daisy, to an acceptable body temperature currently involves a 45 to 60 minute warming bath. This is time consuming and also risky for the lamb. Once getting the core temperature to the right range, it can often fall again once removed from the bath. The ICU unit would provide a constant, steady temperature so the chance of the body dropping to dangerous levels would be much lower. The controlled conditions of the unit would stabilize the lamb far better than we are able to without one.


This is a long term investment. If you can help us we would be so grateful.


(Cover photo credit: www.whelpingsupplies.com.au)

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  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 9 d
  • Ann Bate 
    • $120 
    • 14 d
  • Ruth Parramore 
    • $300 
    • 15 d
  • Linda Willcox  
    • $30 
    • 17 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 18 d
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Lamb Care Australia 
Organizer
Elwood, VIC
Lamb Care Australia Inc 
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