A little sheepish, but Leeds farm’s tiny new arrival is a big hit

PLEASED TO MEET EWE: Kian Bradley, two, gets close to the smallest lamb born. PIC: Steve Riding

PLEASED TO MEET EWE: Kian Bradley, two, gets close to the smallest lamb born. PIC: Steve Riding

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Mary had a little lamb – and now a Leeds visitor attraction has one too.

Weighing just three-and-a-half pounds – and measuring a few centimetres high – this woolly wonder is the smallest lamb Temple Newsam’s Home Farm has ever seen.

The unnamed Manx Loaghtan joins her mother Izzy as one of just six rare Manx Loaghtan sheep at Home Farm.

Estate manager Maria Akers said: “They’re quite a small breed anyway because they have adapted to pretty poor grassland conditions, but this one is the dinkiest we’ve had.”

The farm has kept Manx Loaghtan sheep, which are native to the Isle of Man, for about 20 years.

There were concerns for the welfare of the latest arrival because of her size.

But Ms Akers said she’d shown remarkable resilience and had put on a pound in weight in her first week.

“To begin with we were a bit worried, because she was a bit wobbly but she’s actually quite strong. The visitors love her.”

With approximately 150 lambs expected to be born between January and May of this year, Home Farm staff are guaranteed to be kept busy over the upcoming weeks and months.

The farm currently has over 400 sheep, pigs, poultry and goats at the site.

Coun Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment said: “The fantastic staff at Home Farm are always kept busy by the arrival of around 150 lambs each year, and it is brilliant to welcome the smallest ever addition to our numbers this month. We look forward to welcoming both old and new friends.”

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