A lamb given his own woolly jumper after it was born completely bald and abandoned by its mother has recovered from life-threatening pneumonia.
Owner Sally-Ann Fisher had planned to turn the fleece from a friend’s Jacob sheep into something for herself until little Skippy arrived two months ago.
He was a very rare example of a lamb born without a coat and despite being healthy was vulnerable to the British weather.
Earlier this month he caught a bad bout of pneumonia and had to be given anti-biotics and fluids.
But he has been nursed back to health and looks set to make a full recovery.
Sally-Ann, 46, of Ramsbury, Wiltshire, said: “It has been such a time with this little lamb.
“It all started Thursday, when it was a really humid, muggy day.
“We have had recently quite a lot of problems with ewes and lambs getting pneumonia with the fluctuations in temperature with the weather.
“He was fine mid-morning – he was bouncing around – and then at lunchtime I noticed that he was not right.
“He had really laboured breathing and crackling. He was hot and wasn’t lifting his head.
“It was a real worry overnight.”
Sally-Ann gave him antibiotics, opened the barn doors to give him some air, and administered fluids through a syringe into his mouth.
After a few days Skippy picked up and is now almost back to him normal self.
Sally-Ann added: “I was so relieved.
“He is still chesty, but he’s much, much better and he’s brighter and we’re really hoping that he’s over the worst, and he’s going to make it.”