Ewe must be joking: Jake the lamb born with five legs in North Wales
This lamb has more spring in his step than the other new-borns on his farm as he was born last week WITH FIVE LEGS.
Jake the lamb was born a week ago with an extra leg at the front but not only is his unusual appearance not hampering him, it has saved his life.
Bethan Davies, who runs Rhiwlas Farm, where Jake was born, at Llanwddyn, North Wales, said he will be spared a trip to the butcher and stay with her as a pet.
She said: “The plan would normally be that he would go into the food chain but we’ve decided we’re going to keep him as a bit of a farm mascot.
“We’ve named him Jake, like Jake the peg with his extra leg – we couldn’t call him anything else really.”
Everyone at the farm was surprised when Bethan’s son Sion, 16, delivered Jake. She said: “We had fun pulling him. It was an interesting birth.
“The vet said he’d never seen a live five-legged lamb, he’d only seen pictures.
“We’ve got a retired shepherd who’s been shepherding for 50 years and he’s never seen one before either.”
Bethan is delighted with how well Jake is doing as many lambs with congenital abnormalities die early.
She said: “Having lambs with extra legs does happen but they don’t normally live. Jake’s really thriving though.
“The leg is fully formed. It’s got all the muscles and joints, and he’s using it a bit. To all intents and purposes it’s normal.
“We think he probably started as a twin, but the other lamb was absorbed and he was born a single.”
Five-legged lambs are unusual but not unprecedented. In 2011 a lamb, also called Jake, was born in Northamptonshire with two normal hind legs and three front legs.