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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Quadruple joy on farm as blind ewe gives birth to four lambs at Cumbria farm

LOVEY the blind sheep has not had the best of luck in life, but it’s not stopped her being the super mum of the farm.

The eight-year-old ewe lost her eyes when they were pecked out by a bird when she was just two. But the wooly warrior has given birth to five sets of lambs in her life. And this year she has four special reasons to be happy after having all-female quadruplets.

They have been named Trixie, Doris, Phyllis and Pearl by Jack Addison who helps on the Seatle Hall Farm, near Grange.

Farmer Sue Cunliffe said: “We lamb 600 sheep and we’ll maybe get a couple of sets of quads a year, so it is quite unique, plus she’s had all four females as well.

“The kids love her. She hasn’t taken any harm from being blind, it’s amazing how she looks after herself really. She lambs every year, but this time it’s quite a shock to have four.

“We do scan all our sheep so we have an idea what we’re having, but we didn’t scan her because, being blind, I don’t hassle her too much.”

Miss Cunliffe’s twin sister Sarah Cooper, a dairy farmer at Stank Farm, near Barrow, described Lovey as “absolutely bouncing” following the arrivals and said her blindness has never held her back. “It’s no different to having a blind dog or a blind person, you adjust. She knows my twin sister’s voice as well, so she will go up and talk to her and she’s always aware the others in the flock are around .”

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