A family dog has formed an unbreakable bond with a days-old lamb who was resuscitated at birth after his mother tended to his twin instead.

Little Ronnie was born limp and lifeless on March 29 when the McCrone family managed to resuscitate him and wrap him up in a blanket.

Placing him under the radiator to warm him up, the McCrones feared Ronnie might not make it – but two-year-old Lola's motherly instincts kicked in to save the day.

The Red Fox Labrador licked and nudged at tiny little Ronnie while he lay in the blanket to wake him up. To the family's surprise, he was up and about within the hour.

Lola and Ronnie have formed an unbreakable bond after took him under her wing

Ellen McCrone, 21, told Lancashire Live she and her dad Richard lost all hope of Ronnie surviving until hero Lola stepped in. Since he was born, the pair have been inseparable.

"It is so cute. We’ve always had lambs, usually just four or five, but at the start of lockdown we decided to get more just to keep us busy," Ellen said.

She added: "Lola has grown up around lambs as she’s only two. She’s so good around sheep. She’s a lovely dog, so chilled out."

According to Ellen, the adorable doggy even helps out with the 45 lambs on the land at feeding time.

"Lola likes to come out and see the lambs and help out with the feeding. She likes to lick the milk if they spill any and she even carries the bottles back to the house in her mouth to get washed," she said.

Ellen explained how Ronnie's mother didn't immediately take to him when she gave birth, which is why they stepped in.

"We brought him into the house and put him in a basket, we thought he might die in a few hours, but we thought we’d give it a go anyway," she described.

Adorable Lola helps to bottle feed the sheep on the land

Luckily, Ronnie is now in great health and has been returned to his mum - although he's still bottle fed by the family three times a day.

According to the McCrones, the dog struggled to let go of Ronnie when he went back to his mum.

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But after Lola's loving touch helped him back on his feet, Ronnie's still incredibly attached to his new best friend.

Ellen said: "Lola is proud as punch, she nursed the poorly lamb back to health with lots of licking and cuddles.

"She must have known something wasn’t right and kept nudging him to keep him going."

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