Roxanne Owings and her mom, Ann, say three-month-old Nadia thinks she’s a dog and loves playing with the kids at the nearby park, where she’s walked on a leash twice a day.

First, they took Nadia to a rescue shelter, but when the final paperwork was completed, the lamb cried and stubbornly refused to leave.

They believe she is going through a breakup as a note attached to her revealed she was drinking next to her dead mother in a field when she was just a few weeks old.

Speaking last night from her home in Halewood, Merseyside, Roxanne, 29, said: “We took her to a shelter but it was the worst for us all. We tried to leave her but she refused. When we left she was crying Then my mom cried.

“Nadeja cried very loudly, as if she was crying for my mother, as for her own mother.

“Eventually my mom said, ‘Let’s have her, we’ll always have her.’ She didn’t stay at the sanctuary at all, but we were shown where she would live and we filled out forms.

“It was comforting that the staff at the center said she was doing well and was fine.”

In the three weeks that followed, Roxanne and Anne bottle-fed Nadia, took her for walks in parks and national trust grounds with permission, and let her play with Roxanne’s two young children.

Roxanne, a self-employed babysitter for children, said: “We used to go to Speke Hall a lot as it’s our most local one, with permission from him, and Tatton Park.

“No one batted an eye. People just accepted her wherever she went. Actually a lot of people were stopping by and Hope is paying a lot of attention to them.

“Some people saw her and paid attention to her, and then said that after meeting her they would actually become vegetarians.

“Some people think she’s a dog. They said, “Oh, I thought my eyes were deceiving me, I thought it was a dog,” when they realized it was actually a lamb.

“It’s certainly unusual to see in your park. People are very happy to see her, especially children. She really likes to play with children. She moves away from the leaders and jumps with them because she is very friendly. She looks like a dog and I think she thinks she is a dog to be honest. She is so wonderful.”

Mum-of-two Roxanne was left devastated when she found a tearful Hope on her doorstep in June with an emotional note saying she had been found drinking alongside her injured relatives.

But now the animal lover is determined to give Hope a better life – in her mother’s garden in Halewood.

Anne and her daughter already volunteer much of their time rescuing ducks and other birds. However, they had yet to use other types of animals until they met Hope.

They now need to raise £1,000 to be able to care for the lamb. The money will be used to pay for a veterinarian, a pen in the garden, food and other equipment that will give Nadja better protection.

The family have set up a Go Fund Me page, which has already raised more than £200.

Roxanne said: “Hope was all around the people now. She was very worried after the injury.

“We want her to stay now and would like to build a stable and create her own little shelter with us and be able to pay for her vaccines and other related costs.

“She will need things at every stage of her life, just like any human or animal. These things are not cheap.

“Most of the money will be used to build a stable for the winter, in which she will be comfortable and warm. We have invested a lot of money ourselves, but donations will help a lot. We understand that times are tough and the cost of living is rising, but donations would be greatly appreciated.”

To donate to the appeal, visit this website – https://www.gofundme.com/f/84hdv3-hope-for-hope.



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