Lamb Born Without Wool Gets a Chic New Coat As a Substitute
The lamb, who was abandoned by its mother, is being hand-reared at a farm in England
Skippy was naked, probably afraid and definitely pretty chilly when he was born.
The lamb, who was abandoned by his mother and recently arrived at Sally-Ann Fisher’s farm in Wiltshire, England, was born without any wool, so his carers fashioned him a cute new coat to keep him cozy, according to the BBC, who reported the story.
“He looks like a kangaroo,” said Fisher, who named the unusual-looking animal Skippy. “He’s just unlucky, but he’s doing great.”
Fisher said the lamb, who is being hand-reared, was born 10 days ago and they were “not aware” that its lack of wool was a condition or a “health problem.”
So, to help him beat the chill, “we’ve made a little jacket for him to wear out of an old jumper to keep him warm at night,” she told the BBC.
By the looks of things – photos of the adorable fluffy coat were shared on Facebook – Skippy is thrilled with his new look. And the fame that he’s received because of it? That’s just a baa-onus.
An expert tells the BBC that the animal’s condition is pretty rare.
“Some breeds with less wool might be susceptible but it is extremely unusual and not something we would see,” said Hannah Park from the National Sheep Association.