23 Aug 2019

Woolless lamb 'one of the ugliest lambs I've ever seen'

From Checkpoint, 5:55 pm on 23 August 2019

A Rotorua farmer reckons he is the proud owner of the ugliest lamb he has ever seen.

Javier Browne said the "really shy" newborn was now a family pet.

One of a set of triplets - the lamb is woolless, basically bald - and a genetic rarity.

"When I first saw her I was shocked, didn't really know, like 'is that actually a sheep or what'," Mr Browne said.

"Her face sort of looked like a kangaroo so it's the reason why we called her Skippy."

Her siblings are like other regular sheep, and unfortunately, there will be no woolly socks spun from this little baby.

The family instead have made her a vest to keep warm in the winter.

"We bottle feed her every three hours with full milk, just for extra warmth," he said.

"We want her to live so we can see what she's like when she grows up. We've taken extremely good care of her and we're going to keep doing so."