Footage shows the amazing bond between a labrador and a little lamb

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Adorable footage shows the amazing bond between a Labrador and a little lamb - who the pup helped to nurse back to health after complications at birth.

Lola, the two-year-old Red Fox Labrador, showed her motherly instincts to help tend to Ronnie the lamb who was limp and lifeless when he was born last Monday (29 March).

Owner Ellen McCrone, 21, feared Ronnie wouldn't make it when he was born and her dad Richard had to resuscitate him and put him in a basket in the house to keep warm.

Lola would not leave Ronnie alone and would lick and nudge him and, despite their fears, within an hour, he was up and walking about.

Since then, the pair have been inseparable and Lola helps to feed Ronnie, who was away from his mother for a few days so is still bottle-fed.

She also goes to see Ronnie, one of 45 lambs, on the family's smallholding from which they run a glamping site on the outskirts of Carlisle in Cumbria.

Ellen said: "It is so cute. We've always had lambs, usually just four or five, but at the start of lockdown we decided to get more just to keep us busy.

"So Lola has grown up around lambs as she's only two. She's so good around sheep. She's a lovely dog, so chilled out.

"Lola likes to come out and see the lambs and help out with the feeding. She likes to lick the milk if they spill any and she even carries the bottles back to the house in her mouth to get washed."

Ronnie was born on Monday, March 29, and immediately transferred to the basket where he was kept under a blanket near the radiator.

Ellen said: "The ewe that was pregnant was having twins. The first one was fine, but Ronnie was born flaccid, he was very limp and floppy.

"She didn't really bother with him so my dad resuscitated him but he was still shivering and didn't look like he was going to make it.

"We brought him into the house and put him in a basket, we thought he might die in a few hours, but we thought we'd give it a go anyway.

"Lola kept licking him and nudging him, she wouldn't leave him alone.

"After an hour, he was up and running around like nothing had happened."

Ronnie is now doing much better and has been returned to his mother, but is still bottle-fed by Ellen and her family three times a day.

Ellen added: "Lola is proud as punch, she nursed the poorly lamb back to health with lots of licking and cuddles.

"She must have known something wasn't right and kept nudging him to keep him going.

"This is the first time we've ever had to nurse a sick lamb and she really looked after him.

"Thankfully he pulled through and he is now back with his mother.

"She was gutted that we had to put him back with his mother but it's the best thing for him.

"Sometimes we bring the lambs down to the house to be fed and Lola will walk with us to the land and walk back with the sheep.

"She doesn't bother them and they don't bother her."