An unusual friendship between rеjесted lambs and a giant bunny has developed in this sanctuary.
Lots of animals live at the Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre in Scotland, which includes a band of lambs rеjесted by their mothers..
There’s also a giant Continental rabbit.
Why do sheep rеjесt their lambs?
There are several reasons, which include the mother not being able to make enough milk or the lamb not being able to latch on or suckle properly so they can feed.
Whatever the reason may be, it’s a big problem for the lambs who need food and warmth to stay alive.
The center’s zookeepers have a solution. They created jumpers or sweaters to keep the lambs warm, especially during the winter season. The lambs are also closely monitored and fed with milk five times a day.
But there’s still something missing.
The lambs still crave mom’s affection.
Millie the rabbit can provide it.
Like the lambs, Millie has also been rеjесted by her fellow rabbits. It’s not because they don’t likе Millie but she’s too big to hang out with the other rabbits. Giant continental rabbits can grow to be as heavy as 50 lbs.
Millie spent too much time alone.
It was stressful for Millie since rabbits are social animals. She needed to be around other rabbits and animals but her size made it difficult for her to fit in.
Well, the lambs were always curious about their neighbors, including Millie, but had no means of meeting them. One day changed their lives when the center owner let Millie out of her space.
The lambs found out that Millie was out of her area and rushed over to her. They wanted to get to know her and sniffed her as soon as they reached her. Everywhere Millie went, the lambs went with her.
“Unconditional love at first sight!”
Since the day they met, they have spent almost every waking moment together. And the zookeepers are so happy because Millie is finally getting the friendship, connection, and social interaction she craves plus she gets to exercise, too.
The lambs are obsessed with Millie.
They can’t even wait until the zookeepers let Millie out of her area. They climb what they can to look over at Millie’s area and be with her. Millie wants to be with them, too. She’ll spend her days out in the grassy fields under the sun with her little lambs. She’ll lie down on the grass and dote over the lambs while they play around her.
It no longer matters if the lambs were rеjесted by their own mother. The love, care, and warmth they have received from the zookeepers and Millie are enough to keep them alive. That’s all any of them need.