The operation was a risky one, but little Harry beat the odds and made it through the surgery.
While the lamb recovered, Pam Ahern, the founder of Edgar's Mission, kept thinking about Harry's mom. What had happened to her? Could the mother be rescued too?
"I thought about the producer of 'Charlotte's Web,' Bernie Williams, and how he found homes for all of the piglets involved in the movie, some who came to live at Edgar's Mission," said Ahern. "But Bernie also thought of the mother pig and decided to save her, too.
She came to live at Edgar's Mission, and I named her Alice. Thinking of this, I knew I had to save Harry's mum, and reunite her with her baby!"
So, Ahern made a deal with the farmer, who owned Harry's mom, and she was brought to Edgar's Mission. Ahern decided to name the mama sheep Alicia after Alice, the mother of the piglets from the "Charlotte's Web" movie. "Alicia wasn't used to people, and she would have had no idea what was going to happen to her," said Ahern.
"Can you imagine if a stranger, far more powerful than you, came along and took you away from the place where you lived with your buddies? Then you found yourself in a small area, with sights, sounds, and smells you didn't recognize? Alicia had no idea we were the good guys and that we wouldn't harm her."
When Alicia finally got to the sanctuary, Harry still hadn't returned from the vet clinic, and he wasn't expected to arrive for a few more days. Ahern was worried that Alicia's milk supply would dry up, so she decided to bring in some other little lambs and introduce them to her to see if she'd nurse them. The attempt failed - Alicia was frightened when the lambs came near her, and quickly ran away from them.
That's when they got a call from the vet: Harry would be coming home that afternoon, and that meant that Alicia would get to see her baby sooner than they had expected. "We placed Alicia in our nursery and told her she was in for a surprise of her life," said Ahern, "but she continued to look terrified."
Now the question was, would Alicia recognize her little one after they had been separated for so many days? What if Harry had lost his familiar scent from being in the vet clinic?
As soon as Harry came into the nursery, Ahern could see that she didn't have anything to worry about. "As soon as Alicia saw Harry, she trotted straight up to him, tugging hard on the lead that was holding her," said Ahern.
"We gently ushered Harry towards her - he looked at her face and went searching for her udder. Alicia was stunned, and she kept looking from Harry to me."
Because sweet Harry is still recuperating from his surgery, he and his mama spend most of the day inside the nursery...
And the mama and her baby couldn't be any happier!
They also get to spend plenty of time out in the grass and sunshine.
"Nothing could have prepared me for the exhilaration," said Ahern. "I knew it was going to be magical if we could pull it off, but I had no idea just how special it would be. Poor Alicia probably thought she'd never ever see her baby again, but now the two are inseparable. Harry curls up right next to her body whenever they take a rest."
What a wonderful and heartwarming story! So happy for both mother and baby! They're both safe and sound now and can live out the rest of their lives without being afraid!
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