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Surviving Lambs in North Iceland Likely Spared

Lambs that have been trapped in snowdrifts for three weeks need time to recover before being sent to the slaughterhouse, probably the entire winter, according to Sigurður Eyþórsson, managing director of the National Association of Sheep Farmers.

storm_northiceland_landsbjorg_8ICE-SAR assist with the search and rescue of sheep in North Iceland. Photo courtesy of ICE-SAR.

Sigurður said in a radio interview on Reykjavík síðdegis yesterday that the events of the past weeks since an unexpected blizzard struck North Iceland, trapping sheep in mountain pastures, shows how hardy the creatures are.

One hundred and fifty sheep were found alive, buried in snow last weekend. It was the final search mission organized after a state of emergency was declared in North Iceland on September 11, Fréttablaðið reports.

The search was organized by the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s Civil Protection Department in collaboration with ICE-SAR, farming consultants, sheep farmers and other parties of interest.

Despite the ordeal, many of the sheep were in good condition, although a number of animals had grown weak as well, as stated on the department’s website.

Click here to read more about the search for sheep.

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