A lamb born completely bald is being kept warm during the chilly spring weather – thanks to a handmade fleece jacket.
Little Skippy was found dying in a field after his mother abandoned him when he was unusually born without any wool.
But farm hand Sally-Ann Fisher revived him and set about finding a way to keep him warm during the recent cold snap.
She borrowed some shorn fleece from a neighbouring farm and made a wrap-around cosy coat for Skippy, to protect him from the unusually chilly temperatures.
Now the little lamb is living amongst the other animals at the farm near Ramsbury, Wilts., wearing his oversized fluffy fleece to keep him warm.
Proud Sally-Ann said: “Skippy was born outside and his mother had triplets and he was the third one to be born.
“The other two were absolutely fine, but unfortunately poor Skip didn’t have any wool at all or birth coat, so his mother rejected him and left him in a field, in the rain and the cold.
“On our rounds we found him, brought him inside, revived him, kept him warm and thought we better get a jacket on this little thing.
“We improvised with a bit of fleece borrowed from a neighbouring farm.
“He also has a selection of designer jackets to wear, made from old jumpers with the sleeves cuts off.”
Nicknamed Skippy, after being compared to a kangaroo, the little lamb was born around two weeks ago.
It is very rare for lambs to be born without a fleece, but it is not thought he has any health problem.
“Some to have a finer birth coat than others, but Skippy has just been unlucky,” said Sally-Ann, who runs the farm with her partner.
“But although he was born unlucky, he is a born survivor.”