Spitalfields city farmyard breeds four rare Castlemilk Moorits — cutest of all lambs, ‘baar’ none

Ah sweet, weighing no more than a 3lb bag of sugar... new spring arrival at Spitalfields farm

Ah sweet, weighing no more than a 3lb bag of sugar... new spring arrival at Spitalfields farm - Credit: Spitalfields Farm

The latest woolly arrivals down on the farm in London’s urban East End have been enjoying the spring frolicking in the sunshine.

Baby twins and their mummy

Baby twins and their mummy - Credit: Archant

The births of four lambs is helping to boost a rare sheep breeding programme that Spitalfields City Farm has joined, to re-generate Castlemilk Moorits which are down to just 200 left in the country.

“Two of our sheep each gave birth to twins,” a delighted farmyard co-ordinator Jenny Bettenson explained. “They have been frolicking with the other animals when they’re not feeding and sleeping.

“One was born at half the size of her twin brother and was too weak to feed, so I had to feed her with a bottle—now she keeps following me around thinking I’m her mum.”

One of the lambs has been busy chasing the hens who don’t know what to make of it.

Jenny Bettenson and the little lamb which thinks she's her mum

Jenny Bettenson and the little lamb which thinks she's her mum - Credit: Archant


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The four lambs haven’t been named yet. That is being left to a competition when the farm holds its annual Sheep and Wool Fair in Buxton Street, off Brick Lane, on June 14, when the public can make suggestions.

Two nanny goats gave birth at the same time, while the farm is also expecting six more happy events when Henry the Cockerel and his three hen-wives become parents.

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