A LAMB that survived being struck by a car and carried more than 25 miles along some of Scotland’s busiest roads is to be sold as a breeding ram.
The step will ensure the lucky creature, a North Country Cheviot nicknamed Larry, can look forward to a summer of loving.
It had been thought his accident, last May, would leave him with a permanent limp.
Larry, then just four weeks old, was struck by a car in South Lanarkshire after getting on to a road, and was carried at 60mph along the A70 and A71 trapped in the vehicle’s radiator grille.
He suffered a broken leg and required veterinary treatment following his ordeal, which came to an end when motorists travelling in the opposite direction flashed down the unwitting driver near Edinburgh Airport.
The lamb’s owner, farmer David Baillie, has revealed he now plans to sell Larry for around £500 at auction.
Mr Baillie yesterday 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.”
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.”
Speaking at the time of the accident, vet Mike Hall of Braid Vets, in Edinburgh, 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: “He is clearly a very robust little creature with a great determination to live, but he is very lucky.”
The National Farmers Union Scotland urged drivers in rural areas to be especially cautious at this time of year.