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Movie showing the benefit of using local anaesthetic for reducing pain resulting from tail docking of lambs less than a week of age with a rubber ring

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The blue marked lamb received local anaesthetic injected under the ring immediately after it was applied.  Although this lamb shows a few tail wags it appears unconcerned by the treatment, showing awareness of his dam, sniffing his twin when standing and adopting a normal ventral 2 posture when lying.  In contrast the red F lamb has just had a ring applied to the tail without the benefit of local anaesthetic treatment.  This red marked lamb is showing attempt escape behaviour - kicking, stamping, jumping, head turning, frequent getting up and down (often falling), rolling, easing quarters, and adopts abnormal standing, moving and lying postures (ventral 4 and lateral lying).

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