A five legged lamb is the new talk of the town and for all the right reasons. The adorable Taxel-Mule cross is healthy, fits in with its peers and is reportedly happy and quite contented. In fact the lamb loves running and this has led its owner Mark Bayley to name the lamb after Tom Hanks character in the spectacular Oscar awarded movie Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks character in the movie has a not-exactly low IQ, whose focus on one thing is immense and what he loved to do was run – it melted everyone’s heart with his dedication to the sport. The lamb has done the same to its owner – melt his heart, that is. Bayley told BBC that he was tempted to sell the lamb but he could not and that now he will keep it as the family pet. “It’s a bit of a novelty for me and the children and their friends, so it’ll probably become a pet.” Bayley became so attached to Forrest that he event took the new born to a vet to make sure it stays healthy and its extra leg does not create a problem. Bayley said: “It’s happy – drinking, running around. I spoke to a vet briefly and they said all seemed fine.”
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The extra limb of the lamb is slightly shorter than the rest of its limbs and so does not hamper Forrest’s mobility. In fact, Forrest seemed much synced in with its peers. Other five legged lambs have been reported in England’s Northumberland, Wales and France’s Poitou-Charentes. The extra leg of the animal does not seem to be a problem in any of the cases. In fact, the lamb with extra legs often become a major source of attraction for the town and in the process, save their life. In two out of the three cases, the lambs were either kept as pets or were given to an animal shelter, BBC says.
We cannot say what future holds for Forrest Gump but we do hope it is a happy one.