A BIRSTALL woman sprang into action when she noticed a ewe giving birth in a field opposite her house.
It was thanks to her love of television shows Countryfile and The Vet Life that Sheila Whiting knew what to do when a sheep is lambing.
Sheila was enjoying her day off when she spotted the distressed sheep in the field opposite her Park Street home on Tuesday afternoon.
The 55-year-old kitchen worker said: “I could see something moving at the back as though she was giving birth.”
Sheila immediately phoned the farmer who owns the field but he wasn’t nearby.
So she decided to jump over the fence to assist the ewe while it gave birth to two more lambs.
“The first lamb came running up to me so I picked it up and took it to the mother,” said Sheila. “Then I could see more legs coming out again.
“As I brought the lamb to her, another two popped out in the sack. I’ve watched Countryfile and The Vet Life, so I broke the sack and brought them out.
“I’d always thought I was really squeamish but that just disappeared and adrenaline kicked in.
“I started cleaning and rubbing them and wrapped my coat around them to keep them warm.
“I wouldn’t have known what to do if I hadn’t watched those programmes. I probably would have sat there leaving it up to her to do. I don’t know what would have happened if I wasn’t there.”
From start to finish, Sheila said the birthing of the lambs took about an hour.
The farmer then came to pick up the lambs and took them with their mother to his farm – where Sheila was able to visit.
She said: “It was absolutely amazing. I just got stuck into it, it was brilliant being able to hold them.”