Lamb in a pot after clumsy mother breaks his leg at South Yorkshire farm

Laurus, a two-week-old lamb, has been given a leg cast after its mother accidentally broke it whilst grazing
Laurus, a two-week-old lamb, has been given a leg cast after its mother accidentally broke it whilst grazing
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This tiny lamb is in a different kind of pot – after his leg was accidentally broken by his clumsy mother.

Cute two-week old Laurus was found with a badly broken leg after only just learning to walk days earlier.

Laurus, a two-week-old lamb, has been given a leg cast after its mother accidentally broke it whilst grazing

Laurus, a two-week-old lamb, has been given a leg cast after its mother accidentally broke it whilst grazing

The Jacob sheep, who had been grazing in a field at Cannon Hall farm, near Barnsley, was patched up with a camouflage-pattered plaster cast by vets so he can blend into the greenery.

After a few days of having to adapt his walking – Laurus is now the star attraction for visitors at the farm with his flashy cast.

Cannon Hall director Robert Nicholson, aged 48, said: “We went to check on him in the morning and he was just laid down and couldn’t get up.

“We suspect his mum Jemima may have stepped on him during the night – ewes can weigh up to 90kg and that would have caused the bad break.”

Laurus, a two-week-old lamb, has been given a leg cast after its mother accidentally broke it whilst grazing

Laurus, a two-week-old lamb, has been given a leg cast after its mother accidentally broke it whilst grazing

The hapless lamb had to be taken to nearby Churchfield vets for his leg to be fixed and was bottle fed by farm staff for two days while in recovery.

Luckily Laurus is the only lamb born to Jemima and it means that he will make a full recovery thanks to her magic milk.

The little lamb has grown fourfold in just 10 days and will soon need another pot because of his growth spurt.

Father-of-two Robert said: “We’ll have to change his cast in another week because he’s just growing so much – but we think he’ll be all fixed up and have it off by the end of the month.”

Laurus, a two-week-old lamb, has been given a leg cast after its mother accidentally broke it whilst grazing

Laurus, a two-week-old lamb, has been given a leg cast after its mother accidentally broke it whilst grazing

He added: “This doesn’t happen often because their legs are pretty strong. I guess it was because Jemima was just so heavy.

“It’s a shame because Laurus was only just finding his feet - quite literally.”

Cannon Hall Farm is a family-ran business and now employs more than 200 people.

The site, which includes viewing areas, a farm shop and play area, has seen a huge spike in visitors during the spring time in a bid to see the newborn lambs.

Robert, who was born on the farm and been working there all his life, said: “A lot of people visiting the farm have commented on his jazzy pot.

“We’re wondering what colour he’ll have next – but I like the camouflage. I think the youngsters who come and visit do too.”