A little lamb named Pancake began life in jeopardy. Born stuck and battling dehydration, sepsis, and malnourishment, his odds were stacked against him. But little Pancake defied the odds to become a symbol of hope at the Til The Cows Come Home animal sanctuary in Australia.

In early October 2023, one of the Foster Carers of the sanctuary received a very distressing phone call from an unknown person reaching out for help. A little lamb had become stuck during birth, and they did not know what to do. From a first look, the sanctuary Foster Carers could see he had issues with his legs, his face was all swollen from being stuck, he was not suckling, and his front feet were dislocating and flexing the opposite way.

Urgent veterinary care, round-the-clock attention from foster carers, and a hefty dose of love became his lifeline. Then, in December, came Gilbert, a fellow resident lamb and Pancake’s unlikely hero. Their bond blossomed, offering emotional support and playful encouragement. When Pancake faltered, Gilbert was there to lift his spirits, and when doubt crept in, Gilbert’s cheering presence reminded him he wasn’t alone.

Slowly, thanks to Gilbert’s friendship and the tireless efforts of his carers, Pancake started to thrive. On 10th December 2023, Sal, one of Pancakes’ Foster Carers, wrote, “Little Pancake has come so very far. He has gone from being very passive and requiring supportive care at all times, to showing his personality and starting to thrive. He has grown from 3.4 kgs to 9 kgs. From not being able to stand up himself, to leading most of the mischief with his lamb pal Gilbert. He is now coping without splints, walks on his hooves and his lax ligaments continue to strengthen. His neck and back are still a little stiff at times and he doesn’t have the full range of motion, but he is not in pain and is able to feed and stand independently.”

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.