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A MIRACLE sheep who recovered from a bout of meningitis as a young lamb has just given birth to her second set of twins on a Bradford farm.
Honey, a half Mule half Texel sheep who lives at Lane End Farm at Tong, gave birth last week to a white lamb and a black lamb, the latter of which was delivered by primary school student Lydia Hare, of Low Moor.
Lydia’s mum, Sally Hare, said she, Lydia, 10, and son Sam, 6, visit her dad’s farm at Tong every day to see three-year-old Honey, who has become a family pet after recovering from meningitis about three years ago.
Although Honey was not expected to recover from the deadly disease, some tender loving the Hares helped bring her around and in the process she developed a strong bond with the family.
Like a dog, she even learned a few tricks along the way like jumping up at the snap Lydia’s fingers.
Honey, who gave birth to her first set of twins on Valentine’s Day last year, did it again this year – although it proved not to be straight forward.
“It was a bit traumatic for Honey,” said Sally. “She was struggling a bit.
“One of the lambs was breach and I got it out as quickly as I could but we had to bring it around.
“The second one my daughter Lydia delivered under my guidance.
“Lydia wanted to get involved with delivering lambs and Sam does a lot help out as well.
“We don’t know how long Honey had been trying to get lambs out, but we knew something was wrong.
“Because the first one was breach, we knew once it was delivered that there was a chance it could have affected the second lamb, so Lydia delivered it as soon as possible.”
To help ensure the first one lived, they had to pump his heart and blow his airways, said Sally, but all is now well with mum Honey and her new lambs.
“Honey is doing absolutely fantastically and the lambs are doing amazingly,” said Sally.
And although she may not be a dog, Honey continues to relish her role as the Hare family pet.
“She’s got the best personality,” said Sally. “She so’s soft and she still follows us around everywhere.
“She doesn’t act like a sheep. She thinks she’s a dog. She’s one of a kind.”
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