Baa baa baa baa baa black sheep! One-in-a-million lamb quintuplets born to one very tired mother

By Tom Gardner

First steps: Despite being only a few hours old, the incredibly rare quintuplets are already steady on their feet

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.

The identical rare breed sheep are only a few hours old but are already playing blissfully with each other, unaware of the fuss surrounding their arrival.

The lambs are thought to be the only quintuplets in the UK and maybe the world.

They are set to become the star attraction at Umberslade Farm Park in Tanworth near Arden, Warwickshire.

Odd one out: Some of the new arrivals seem more keen to have a little lie down than explore their surroundings

Director Ollie Muntz said: 'It is a one-in-a-million birth. It’s a UK first and maybe even a world first.

‘They are all healthy. It is quite a timely arrival with Easter approaching although they were a little bit early.’

The cute lambs were born to their Romney Marsh mother called Romto and sired by a Jacob, an ancient breed of horned sheep.

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.

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

‘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.

Cute: The adorable lambs are and extremely rare breed of horned sheep

Spot the difference: The five black lambs all have little white spots on their heads which makes telling who is who quite tricky

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.’

Adorable: The quintuplets are set to attract thousands of visitors keen to feed the rare but very cute little lambs



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