Orphaned Lamb Jumps For Joy Thanks To Her New Life

Trixie Jo came into this world at 3 am. And almost left it just moments later.

The baby lamb’s mother died while giving birth. And the farmer, who raised animals for the market, didn’t have time to bottle-feed an orphan.

Often, that means these so-called ‘bottle-babies’ are put down shortly after they’re born.

But Joanna and Scott Shaw, who own Snowfall Ranch in Elizabeth, Colorado, always leave a light on for animals.

In fact, they spread the word that they’re always willing to take in even the tiniest orphans.

“It breaks my heart,” Joanna tells iHeartAnimals. “So I reached out to tell people that we will consider bottle babies.”

Recently, Joanna got an email from a local farm about Trixie Jo. The lamb was just nine hours old when Joanna took her home.

Maybe Trixie Jo had a feeling her time on the stage was almost cut tragically short.

Because once she arrived at Snowfall Ranch, Trixie Jo didn’t waste a moment in upstaging all the other animals who lived there.

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“She is a sweet girl,” Joanna says. “She is very independent compared to the other bottle babies we raised. She explores on her own and doesn’t need to be with us or near us to be happy.”

Indeed, there’s little Trixie Jo loves more than sprawling out under the biggest spotlight of all.

“She loves laying in the sun and finds the sunniest spots in the house,” Joanna says.

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As she grew stronger,  Trixie Jo developed a real taste for the theater of life. At first, the baby lamb would kick up her legs.

“But when she learned to jump she just could not stop,” Joanna says.

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Maybe it’s something in the milk —  “We see the most jumping about 10 minutes after she finishes her evening bottle,” Joanna explains.

Or maybe there’s a more obvious reason why this baby lamb just spontaneously jumps into the air: the pure joy of being alive.

Watch a clip of Trixie jumping below: