NEWS

2012-02-29

Baaa Baaaa Black sheep

SNUGGLED next to each other on a bale of hay, these are the adorable one-in-a-million five black lambs that have been born just in time for Spring.

Giving staff a new take on the nursery rhyme BAA BAA BAA BAA BAA black sheep, the identical quintuplets are only hours old but certainly already have a spring in their step.

Today/yesterday (TUE) they were seen playfully roaming around the farm where they have just been born and getting to know each other.

The cute lambs were born in the early hours of this morning (TUE), to their Romney Marsh mother called Romto and sired by a Jacob, an ancient breed of horned sheep.

"It is a one-in-a-million birth. It's a UK first and maybe even a world first," Ollie Muntz, director of Umberslade Farm Park in Tanworth in Arden, Warks, said: "They are all healthy. It is quite a timely arrival with Easter approaching although they were a little bit early."

Farm worker Gemma Webb added: "It is very rare that this happens. Normally a sheep would have twins or triplets - it is extremely rare to have five lambs."

The lambs will need to be bottle fed as Rom will only have enough milk for a couple of them.  

"All the kids can come and feed them," Gemma, 27, added.

"They should attract thousands of visitors, who wouldn't want to feed these adorable little things. 

"There certainly going to be a lot of interest in them and luckily there's five of them so there's plenty to go around." 

The adorable lambs all have little white spots on their heads and are adapting to their new surroundings.

Three-year-old Rom had five lambs last year but one of them died but this year's innocent newborns are all healthy.

Visitor Jill South, 39, took along her eight-year-old neice to the farm and was one of the first to see the newborn lambs.

She said: "They are absolutely adorable. My neice Jemima loved them. They look like they are still getting used to their surroundings, but they seem happy and healthy and its a wonderful sign that spring is almost upon us. 

"I had no idea how rare it was either, which makes the visit that little bit more special."