A Heartwarming Rescue: Disabled Lamb Learns to Walk

Patricia was born with a debilitating condition that left her crippled.

After spending 18 long days on the floor unable to stand or even move, this beautiful baby lamb was thrown a lifeline.

Vegan Hope, an animal rights organization in Spain, heard of her plight, secured her rescue and put the wheels in motion to find her the perfect forever home. Luckily, not too far away in the breathtaking Spanish countryside, there was an animal sanctuary that specialized in veterinary acupuncture – El Valle Encantado.

It was decided that this little sweetheart would make the journey to El Valle Encantado where she would have the best chance of recovery. The exact cause of her problem was unknown and the tests required to procure an accurate diagnosis was very expensive, so the sanctuary decided to treat her using their own experience and expertise. The primary course of treatment was acupuncture, coupled with swimming lessons, and of course extra special doses of love and care.

What happened next will make your heart sing…

In two days, Patricia was able to move around with the use of her wheelchair.

In one week, she was able to stand without assistance.

In 11 days, she began to walk.

Yes, Patricia is a little more awkward on her feet than most sheep as her legs have a tendency to splay due to spending 18 days lying on the ground, but thanks to the incredible work of El Valle Encantado she is able to run, jump and play like all the other lambs out there.

Too many animals just like Patricia are discarded by the industry because of their disabilities. When animals are viewed as commodities, their interests will always come second. Exploiters don’t have the time, money or care to rehabilitate animals such as Patricia. Instead, the easiest and quickest solution is a one way ticket to the slaughterhouse.

Patricia didn’t want to become yet another nameless victim. She wanted to experience a world where lambs were free to be whatever they wanted to be, and now she has that chance.

If we can learn anything from this heartwarming tale, then it should be to never give up hope. With love and care anything is possible. Patricia deserves to live, but not only that, she deserves to live a life worth living. She is the fuel to the fire of everyone out there fighting the good fight. Everyone that believes in a kinder world for animals.

Watch this beautiful video of Patricia and witness her miraculous recovery for yourself. I promise you that you’ll fall in love:

La vida de Patri, una corderita con las patas de trapo, en El Valle Encantado from El Valle Encantado on Vimeo.

Was that video not one of the most touching things you ever saw? I bet you’ve never seen a sheep swim before! I’ll be the first to put my hands up and say that I didn’t even know that sheep liked swimming. Animals continue to surprise us every day and there is always more to learn from them, so let’s take the time to listen.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Mark Donner
Mark Donner4 years ago

So where do these minimum wage "slaughterers" hide? They are things not human, and I have a feeling they live in dark stinking holes and come out at night like vampires. (Redneck monsters who call themselves "hunters" are not far behind them in absolute debased character) I never want to meet one of those slaughterhouse horror creeps, I'd probably feel I have to defend myself from those monsters and hurt them badly if they came within feet of me

Waheeda S.
Waheeda E4 years ago

What a wonderful story of compassion and hope. Thank you.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo4 years ago

I am so happy for this little angel, very cute

Lukasz Maj
Lukasz Maj4 years ago

beauty,and this people are awesome

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

Such a cute girl, thanks!

Evan Jane Kriss
Evan Jane Kriss4 years ago

What wonderful, kind, compassionate people! What a beautiful, uplifting story. If we all acted like this, treating others - humans and animals alike - with respect, what an amazing place this world would be. It would be the paradise it can and should be.

Millie O'Connor
Millie O'Connor4 years ago

Couldn't help tearing up when I saw that precious lamb, Patricia, lying on the floor with her limbs flat out. Then watching her progress into this adorable sweetie just bounding from helplessness into a very happy able little girl. I just love stories like this and have the utmost respect for the kindness of the people who work with these disabled animals making miracles happen! Love this! :-)

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K4 years ago

Patricia has been very, very lucky. The farm where she was born, while not having the ability to help her, kept her alive until they found those who could. What wonderful folks all around. I hope they'll post more film in another month or two - I'll bet she's walking pretty normally by then.