Gary was born at a livestock auction, likely in one of the pens where animals are held before being sold off. His mother was sold and brought away to slaughter, leaving him all alone in the world at only a few hours old.
Without intervention, he wouldn’t survive. But luckily, a farmer at the auction took him home.
When the farmer got home, he found that one of his sheep had given birth to a lamb named Penny. He soon realized the new mom actually rejected Penny, leaving another baby to fend for herself.
The farmer knew that without care, the lambs would both perish. Lambs, like all babies, are very delicate and fragile and require the utmost care. They don’t even have wool to keep out the chill yet.
The farmer contacted Deborah Pearce at the Where Pigs Fly animal sanctuary in New South Wales, Australia, about adopting Gary. When she arrived, he asked if she’d like to take Penny, too. Pearce, a lover of all animals, immediately said yes.
“Baby lambs do better when they have company,” Pearce explains. “So we gave both Gary and Penny a home at Where Pigs Fly.”
The lambs were understandably nervous on the four-hour car journey back to the sanctuary, but they found solace and comfort in one another. After all, if you were a tiny baby all alone, you’d feel better with a friend, too!
Penny and Gary soon settled in at Where Pigs Fly. They never leave one another’s side as they explore their new home and meet the other rescue animals, which include horses, goats, pigs, cows, and chickens.
[H/T: The Dodo]