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Lamb That Survived Deadly Crash Will Be Adopted

More than 70 other sheep died in the tractor-trailer crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2015 5:40 PM CST
Lamb That Survived Deadly Crash Will Be Adopted
Dodger the sheep was caught a day after running away from a tractor-trailer accident in Nevada.   (Ann Inabnitt)

A lamb that was on the lam for hours after a tractor-trailer crash in Nevada killed 74 other sheep has been caught and will be adopted by a foster family. The female lamb nicknamed Dodger wandered off from the crash site and was missing in the desert overnight before being captured Tuesday, officials said. "We call her Dodger because of the traffic she survived on the highway," said Ann Inabnitt, Boulder City Animal Control supervisor. Dodger and five other sheep ran loose Monday after a big rig overturned and sent its animal cargo onto US 95. It shut down traffic on part of the highway near Boulder City. The driver was cited for speeding and wasn't hurt. Inabnitt said two holes had to be cut into the trailer so handlers could free the 250 sheep. Most of the animals were adults. Dodger, born last spring, was one of three lambs.

A total of 74 sheep died and five others were injured. The animals landed on top of each other and upside down, likely causing suffocation. Other injuries included scrapes, cuts on hooves, and broken legs. Five of the six sheep that ran off were recaptured later Monday and taken back by the owners. Inabnitt was told it would cost too much for the company to come back again for the missing lamb, so they relinquished custody to animal control. Dodger spent the night in the desert before being spotted on the highway early Tuesday. It took about 50 people four hours to finally catch her, including cowboys from the nearby horseman's association who would eventually lasso the lamb. Dodger was hungry, thirsty, and tired but she wasn't hurt. A foster family from the association took her in and said they would adopt her. Click to read about her new best friend. (More sheep stories.)

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