VIDEO: Horrific attack by the birds, but George the lamb is a survivor
Dee and Kevin had a little lamb, it's fleece as white as snow – and everywhere Dee and Kevin went the lamb was sure to go...
But the one place they will not be going is anywhere near a murder of crows or conspiracy of ravens – because little George, the Texel-cross, has had his tongue pecked out by the big black birds.
Dee and Kevin Buckland farm at North Hallsands, near Start Point in South Devon, and at one point they almost gave up on badly bruised George, who was knocking at death's door after his ornithological ordeal.
But as long as their little lamb fought for life, Dee and Kevin fought too – and now George has become something of a talisman for the whole village.
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"It was March 5 when we found him out in the fields where he'd been pecked by big black birds – they were either big crows or ravens," Dee told the Western Morning News. "All we saw was this little lump in the field – for a moment we thought it was rock, but when we went over to it we saw it was a lamb, but covered in blood.
"The mother had obviously gone off and had a second lamb – and the ravens thought: 'Oh good, there's our next meal!'
"They pecked a hole in his head and had taken most of tongue out – so we brought him home and tried to fix the wound on his head – but it wasn't until three days later when we were bottle-feeding him that we realised he'd lost his tongue," said Dee.
"The vet thought he didn't have a chance – partly because George had several nasty infections. He gave us antibiotics, but one night George was so bad we took him back to the vet and he said the best thing to do was to put him down.
"But we had nursed him so much and he'd fought so hard for his life, we thought we'd give it a go and do anything to keep him alive. "
Dee says that weight-wise George is about two weeks behind the other lambs of his age and still has trouble chewing the feed pellets, so she grinds them up and puts them into his feed.
So, after his long tough fight for life, is Dee and Kevin's little lamb to face the same fate as most woolly male creatures of his age?
"No, definitely not," replied Dee. "He is going to be kept as a pet. He's fought so hard we feel it's only right to give him a good life. And my grandchildren adore him.
"In fact, the whole village treasures him – he has become a bit of a talisman for everyone down here," she added, while agreeing that it really was an authentic lived-happily-ever-after story of the very best kind...