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Published 17th Mar 2011

Baby Cameroon

Ah, look at ewe!

A popular country farm in Middlesbrough has had an unusual and adorable first arrival of Spring.

The Cameroon lamb was the first lamb of the season to be born at Newham Grange Country Farm in Coulby Newham.

Cameroon sheep hail from West Africa and have a distinctive brown colour with black heads, bellies and legs.

They are one of only a few breeds of sheep which have hair instead of wool.

The female Cameroon lamb is already getting a lot of attention from visitors to the farm, which is particularly popular with families.

Richard Buckley, duty officer at the farm, said: “Baby Cameroon arrived last week and she is certainly getting her fair share of oos and ahs.

“She is starting to frolic and jump around now. She is in an indoor enclosure at the moment but will be outside as soon as it warms up.”

Richard said because Cameroon sheep have hair a lot of people mistake them for goats rather than a special breed of sheep.

The farm is expecting the birth of three more lambs of the more traditional Kerry Hill breed in the coming days.

The Farm, in Wykeham Way, is a working farm recognised by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as an approved Conservation Centre.

It is open to visitors every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm, last ticket 4.30pm.

It has a new exciting play area as well as refurbished animal enclosures, farm shop and cafe.

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