The introduction of one of the world’s rarest breeds of sheep, which is usually found in Africa, has been accepted by a British animal charity.
At Artisan Rare Breeds in Dartford, Kent, this week, an unidentified male Cameroon lamb weighed 1lb 4oz (570g).
According to Wayne May, the charity’s director, there are only about 650 domesticated animals left in the world, but this new birth will go a long way toward helping to conserve the endangered species.
He said, ” “We’re overjoyed because it’s only the 661st in the world, and we’re expecting two more sets of twins to be born here.
“Because of the types of environments they are used to, they resemble a dwarf species and are very small. They have to cope with intense heat and a shortage of grass.
“At around three years old, it will only weigh around 25 kilos (55 lbs), and this animal is unique in that it can lamb twice a year.”
May created the endangered exotic species and neglected pets and farm animals charity for rare breed protection and animal rescue.
Last month, he received another unusual animal, an Asian miniature zebu called Dave, which is thought to be the world’s tiniest cow breed.