|Lambs Go Blind after Grímsvötn Ash Fall|
|Written by Iceland Review|
|Monday, 30 May 2011 18:00|
Eighteen lambs were orphaned at Kálfafell I, just east of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, and have to be bottle fed after they either lost or were separated from their mothers in the ash fall from the Grímsvötn eruption. Many of them have also gone blind and require extensive care.
The ash fall in Kirkjubaejarklaustur at the height of the eruption. Photo by Monique Starr. Click on the picture to enlarge it.
The farmers at Kálfafell I, Hafdís Huld Björgvinsdóttir and Stefán Björnsson, have to feed each of the orphaned lambs warm milk four to five times a day. “It is hard to know how they will fare,” Björgvinsdóttir told visir.is. Veterinarians believe they might regain their sight.
Björgvinsdóttir expects that the orphaned lambs, known as heimalningar in Icelandic, will have to be bottle-fed until mid-June. To cope with demand, they have been given milk from neighboring farms but also use milk powder.
“It is a little difficult to feed all of them but we are going to order a bottle with teats on it, then you just pour the milk into it and teach them to drink that way,” Björgvinsdóttir explained.
|Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2011 20:21|