Rudolph the lamb made the perfect Christmas gift for a couple of young sisters after being born less than a week before the big day.
The woolly wonder was given his festive name by Molly, 10, and four-year-old Lucy Dougherty, after making his first appearance in the stables of their family’s small holding.
Speaking about the newest member of their flock, Molly, ten, said: “He’s quite timid really and sort of in the middle size wise, bigger than some and smaller than others.
“Out of all the lambs born he is probably my favourite.”
“He’ll stay in the shed with his mum now, until we think he is ready to come off her. Once he gets weaned off her he will be put in a pen with the other lambs and we will start feeding him.
“We probably have about 60 or 70 ewes and I’m not sure how many rams on the small-holding.
Rudolph is a Charollais sheep and, according to Molly’s dad Cyril, the breed is allowed to lamb from December 1.
Shed manufacturer and lamb breeder Cyril, 48, said Rudolph was given his Christmas name because it was apt to the time of the year and because breeders were using the letter R this year.
Speaking about Rudolph’s future, the dad-of-two explained: “He’ll probably go to a pedigree breeder or a communal breeder.
“I think he is my daughters’s favourite and they enjoyed named him.”
Rudolph was born on the family’s small holding in Kirby Misperton, North Yorks.
Cyril lives with his two girls and his wife Tina, 40, who is his business partner.