Lamb born without fleece given coats of many colours

Photo: Gina Craggs
Photo: Gina Craggs

Skippy, a lamb born in Wiltshire without a fleece last week, is being kept warm during the cold spring weather thanks to handmade fleece and designer jackets.

Named because of his similarity to a kangaroo, Skippy was found nearly dead in the pouring rain after his mother abandoned him.

But farm hand Sally-Ann Fisher has been bottle feeding him, and she has set about finding a way to get him through the recent cold snap.

"We've made a little jacket for him to wear out of an old jumper to keep him warm at night," says Ms Fisher. He has also been made a jacket out of shorn fleece from a neighbouring farm.

The 12-day-old lamb was a "survivor" she says, and she decided to save him from his future in the food industry.

 "We felt a bit sheepish about his intended career so he's going into grassland management instead," she says, and he "will also be a lead sheep for our flocks of ewes."