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Watch Wally the impossibly small poddy lamb from Warnambool, who has survived despite all odds

When lambing season arrives at the Pohlner family farm Sarah and Ben, and their three daughters Hannah, Abby and Georgia, know it's time to all muck in.

With 30 sheep, over the years, the family has become accustomed to raising the odd poddy lamb. But four weeks ago, a poddy was birthed on their farm that defied the odds.

Wally, they say, is an impossible lamb.

As Ben Pohlner recalls when he saw the tiny lamb wriggling in the grass, it was no bigger than a can of soft drink.

Just 900 grams and 23 centrimetres long, and in all likelihood just minutes from death.

"We were a bit worried, he was so small I thought, 'oh boy this isn't good'," Mr Pohlner said.

"He was in a bad way, he could hardly move. He wasn't looking good at all."

But that was just the challenge to meet for Mr Pohlner's wife, Sarah, who works as a midwife at the nearest hospital.

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With the family's support, the tiny lamb survived his first hours and then some. That first night, the family took shifts feeding Wally hourly through a syringe.

Now, four weeks old, Wally is looking healthy, but he's not quite out of the woods yet. He may have some health problems that arise in time, and he may have some eyesight problems.

"As I understand it, it's generally in the first month that really tiny animals have most of their [health] problems," Mr Pohlner said.

"If you can get them past that first month, then they've got a much, much better chance of survival."

AGAINST THE ODDS: Wally the poddy lamb from Warrnambool was not expected to live beyond one night, but he has beaten the odds and he's doing just fine. Pictures: supplied.

AGAINST THE ODDS: Wally the poddy lamb from Warrnambool was not expected to live beyond one night, but he has beaten the odds and he's doing just fine. Pictures: supplied.

The family has been posting regular updates about Wally's journey on their Volcano Produce - Tower Hill Facebook page. Over the weeks, he's achieved quite the star status.

"He just loves all the attention, he's got quite a following so when we took him down to the markets and people knew that he was going to be there, we had quite a few people coming down just to see Wally."

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One of his online fans - Sharra McNaughton - even made the little lamb a jacket to keep him warm in the winter.

With lockdowns coming and going in Victoria, the poddy has also found his place boosting morale for the family as they adjust to online learning and at-home working.

"The kids will be on Zoom meetings with Wally there, just being part of the meeting with everybody else," Mr Pohlner said.

"I have to say he's been the best lockdown thing ever."

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