When Anna was born, one of the forearms was pointing down. Babydolls have large heads and shoulders and should be born with the two front legs straight forward and the nose in-between. With Anna'a leg down, the mother was unable to move the baby. It was already midnight when the mother gave up and I called the vet. I did all I could and then the vet said I must pull the baby out or the mother and the baby both would die. At least I could save the mother.
I did everything the vet said and got the lamb out, but she was lifeless and the vet said I would likely break her neck pulling her out since I had to pull by the head. I had no expectations that she would live. Her mother was not interested in this little one that put her through such pain and misery and did not want to clean her or anything. I picked the lamb up to remove her from the pen and began to carry her by her back feet and she sputtered. She was alive! I quickly got the membrane away from her face and toweled her off lightly then gave her back to her mother. Her mother had to be held in place tightly so the baby could nurse and she pushed the baby away as soon as I let the mother go. After two days, I gave up and raised Anna on the bottle. She was in the house at first, then had free run of the yard. She would sleep on the doorstep and cuddle with the dogs. I simply fell in love with her. She was so cute and so friendly.
Anna has been with the big sheep now for a few months. She was with the other little girl lambs prior to that. Sometimes she still gets "lost" in the flock. She has one friend, Zoe, that she spent some time with before going into the mature ewes pen. But Anna mostly is on her own. She does answer to my voice and still comes to me freely.
Anna is quite fluffy for a Babydoll, but the worst part is the fluff around her face is too much. She does not like have to the fleece near her eyes trimmed and does not want to talk to me for a week afterwards, just like a pouting spoiled brat. She still has my heart and would make and excellent pet lamb for a new family. Anna is for sale for $800 dollars, purebred and registered. She will only go to a home where she will be loved more than here and that would take a lot. So, maybe she will just stay home!