Rescuing a lamb and a day on the river

Whilst putting the boat in the River Thames on Saturday evening, ready for the 6k open water swim first thing Sunday morning, we noticed a small head of something floating in the water. We realised it was a lamb, but at first thought it was dead until it made a very weak bleat.

After dragging its water logged body out of the water and laying it on the floor of the boat, the lamb closed its eyes, laid its head down and we thought it had sadly died there and then.

My dad started to give the lamb rescue breathes and after a short while it opened its eyes and lifted its head back up. My sister wrapped the lamb up in everyones jumpers and our buoyancy aids to keep it warm and we rushed the boat back to the boat yard.

We tried calling the RSPCA but couldn’t get through so as quickly as we could we got the lamb in the car and drove back to the house.

The lamb was very weak, cold and wet. While my dad was trying to get hold of the RSPCA, which after 45 minutes there was still no one answering the phone, my mum, sister and I were making hot water bottles to lay under blankets and towels, drying the lamb off and making it comfortable in one of the dog crates.

Although it took a long time to get through to the RSPCA on the phone, when we finally did the officer was very helpful and managed to track down the farmer from the description of where we had found the lamb.

By the time the farmer came to pick the lamb up, well after midnight, it was stood up eating some grass.

Sorry the photos aren’t very good, I didn’t want to scare the lamb by using a flash.


I also nearly forgot to add in this photo I took on Thursday evening of Sun Dogs across the field opposite my house. Sun Dogs happen when sunlight refracts off ice crystals in the cirrus clouds.



At 6am we were back down the river as safety boat cover for the open water, Lock to Lock 6k swim.


Although it seems like it would be a good opportunity to see lots of wildlife on the river that early in the morning, 110 swimmers probably frighten most of it away.

I did see the same single barnacle goose that hangs about with the flock of Greylag geese that I saw last month.


As well as a Heron in amongst the geese.


I spotted 4 swan cygnets, these two and another two further up stream






About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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7 Responses to Rescuing a lamb and a day on the river

  1. Pingback: Review of 2016 | Appleton Wildlife Diary by Alex White

  2. Hi Alex, well done for rescuing the lamb. So pleased it was ok. Love your blog, keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ljaynature says:

    You and your family are stars Alex. Luckily you were there at the right time to help it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. New Moons For Old says:

    What a great adventure with a happy ending! Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Lucky lamb and lovely kestrel! Great pictures and good work ๐Ÿ™‚ Dara

    Liked by 1 person

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