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Aww! The unlikely friendship between a lamb and a Labrador will melt your heart

These adorable pictures show an unlikely bond between a farm dog who has adopted an abandoned newborn lamb.

Tia took four-day-old Rocky under her paw when his ailing mother rejected him.

15-year-old Labrador Tia has struck up an unlikely friendship with a prematurely born lamb called Rocky.

15-year-old Labrador Tia has struck up an unlikely friendship with a prematurely born lamb called Rocky.

The Shropshire lamb was spurned after being born ten weeks early and his prospects looked bleak.

But Tia, the gentle resident dog at the Rocquette Cider Company farm in Guernsey, took over.

The little black lamb and Tia the "Lambrador" as they are now calling her are good friends and often play together on the lawn.

The little black lamb and Tia the “Lambrador” as they are now calling her are good friends and often play together.

She started licking him when manager James Meller took him into the house to feed and is now treating him like her own.

James, 47, said: “Tia’s a lovely dog who’s used to being around the animals. It’s not usual that she’s allowed so close to them.

Rocky was premature, tiny and weak when he was first born.

Rocky was premature, tiny and weak when he was first born.

“I think she saw Rocky as a companion and took a shine to her.

“Without a bit of mothering it’s very difficult for lambs – it’s harmful for humans to replace that.

“The stimulation of licking from a mother lamb from Tia really worked.

“The relationship helped everyone’s mood.”

Awhhh!

Awhhh – aren’t they adorable?

He added: “Rocky was premature, tiny and weak and we thought he was going to die. It was fairly depressing.

“Hopefully we’ll return him to the flock once he’s strong enough.”

The Rocquette Cider Company introduced the Shropshire breed of lamb in 2013 after the previous flock started eating the apple trees.

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