Lamb who survived car collision set for breeding

Larry the lamb is fit and well today, one year on from his ordeal. Picture:  Malcolm McCurrach
Larry the lamb is fit and well today, one year on from his ordeal. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
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A LAMB that survived being struck by a car and was then carried more than 25 miles to Edinburgh Airport looks set to continue his run of good luck.

With the winter behind him, Larry the lamb can look forward to a summer of loving, as his owner is planning to sell him as a breeding tup.

The step will ensure the lucky sheep dodges the dinner table and enjoys a life of comfort.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the woolly fighter.

The Evening News told exclusively last May how Larry – then just four weeks old – was gambolling happily on a road when he was struck by a car and carried at 60mph along the A70 and A71 – one of Scotland’s most dangerous roads, trapped in the radiator grille.

He suffered a broken leg and required veterinary treatment following a high-speed ordeal which came to an end when stunned motorists driving towards the odd sight flashed down the unwitting driver.

Now farmer David Baillie has revealed he is to sell Larry for between £400 and £500 at auction.

Mr Baillie – who feared Larry would be left with a permanent limp after his accident – said: “He is doing fine. You wouldn’t know the difference.

“It didn’t take him long to recover from his injury. It has healed up very well. The vet did a good job. You wouldn’t know Larry had been hurt. He just looks much the same as the rest of them.”

He added: “A good tup will sire about 50 lambs a year but it all depends how he goes. We’ll see if he’s good enough.”

At a time of year when many lambs are more typically paired up with mint sauce, Larry will have the run of the ewes.

It’s no wonder the North Country Cheviot looks as happy as his namesake.

And if he shows anything like the stamina he showed on his car journey, we could be hearing the pitter-patter of tiny cloven feet before long.

Speaking at the time, vet Mike Hall of Braid Vets, in Mayfield Road, said he had never in his 20-year career known an animal the size of a lamb to survive a journey over such a long distance.

Mr Hall, who treated the lamb’s broken leg, said: “Larry could have easily died of shock during the journey.

“He is clearly a very robust little creature with a great determination to live, but he is very lucky.”

The shocked driver only discovered the creature was stuck to the front of her tiny car when she pulled over at the airport, where she was due to pick up her partner.

The lamb was struck near Carnwath, South Lanarkshire. With lambing season again in full swing, farmers across the Lothians have been, or are busy, strengthening fences to stop lambs getting out. The National Farmers Union Scotland urges drivers in rural areas to be especially cautious at this time of year.