Christmas jumper appeal for lamb born without fleece

An appeal for Xmas jumpers for Skippy has been made
An appeal for Xmas jumpers for Skippy has been made

The owner of a lamb born completely bald after being abandoned by its mother is appealing for hand-knitted jumpers to see him through the winter.

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, 46, revived him and made him a jumper by cutting the sleeves off a children’s pullover.

But now he is getting bigger - and still has no fleece - he needs a more custom made wardrobe to fit round his body, as well as some waterproof gear.

Sally-Ann, of Ramsbury, Wilts., has posted his measurements on Skippy’s own Facebook page and is asking people to make him some new clobber.

She said: “When he was little we could just cut the sleeves off an old jumper and put that on him, but now he’s grown a bit he needs something more made to measure.

“We’ve just received a lovely knitted jacket from a lady which must have taken some time and effort to create, and we’re so grateful.

“With the nights drawing in and temperatures falling he really needs a new winter wardrobe and we’ve sent out a call for warm indoor coats and waterproof and windproof turnout gear, so that he’ll be able to enjoy a few hours outside in the back yard.

“I was thinking of asking the local WI to help out, as I feel Skippy could make the next WI calendar, modelling a new coat every month.”

Nicknamed Skippy, after being compared to a kangaroo, the cross-breed Beltex-Charolais lamb was born in April.

It is very rare for lambs to be born without a fleece, but it is not thought he has any health problem.

His measurements are on his Facebook page and coats can be sent to Skippy c/o Newsdesk, Swindon Adver, Newspaper House, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3BE.