Special arrivals at Playdale Farm

131334f  Poppy, left, and Megan Wilson, 11 and 15, with mum and dad, Jackie and Mark who own Playdale Farm, near Cayton, holding 3 day old lambs Evan, Dylan, Toby and Pepper, born at the farm. Pet sheep mum Gemma unusually gave birth to all four. The lambs are named after characters in TV serives Primeval New World, and one has flecks of black in his fleece. Photo by Andrew Higgins    29/03/2013
131334f Poppy, left, and Megan Wilson, 11 and 15, with mum and dad, Jackie and Mark who own Playdale Farm, near Cayton, holding 3 day old lambs Evan, Dylan, Toby and Pepper, born at the farm. Pet sheep mum Gemma unusually gave birth to all four. The lambs are named after characters in TV serives Primeval New World, and one has flecks of black in his fleece. Photo by Andrew Higgins 29/03/2013
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Four special arrivals have been welcomed to the world at Playdale Farm in Cayton, Scarborough.

Owner Jackie Wilson was surprised and thrilled when one of her ewes gave birth to four lambs just before Easter.

She said: “We were absolutely thrilled. Some of the customers got to see it too.

“She had two, and was cleaning them, then we left her to her own devices. But an hour and a half later, we saw she’d had another two!”

Jackie explained that as sheep only have two teats, they can only feed two lambs at a time.

So two of them were taken into the house and bottle fed, with the other two staying with their mum.

However, as it turned out the ewe had no milk, all four lambs ended up being bottle fed and will now be kept as pets.

Jackie said: “It’s been great, but hard work doing five feeds a day with one late at night!

“The day before these were born, we’d already arranged for four pet lambs to come to us.

“Now we’ve got 14 altogether which is the most we’ve ever had.”

Jackie added that it’s unusual for a sheep to have more than two lambs, but that the four are big and strong, and are doing really well.

She continued: “You’re seeing more and more triplets, but not four! We kept them inside at first so they could stay warm next to the Aga, but they’re all outside in the barn now.

“They’re in a den where the customers can see them.”

Customers are now able to feeds the lambs as part of their visit.

The lambs - three females and one male - were named by Jackie’s daughters Megan, 15, and Poppy, 11.

They have called them Evan, Pepper, Toby and Dylan after characters from the TV show Primeval: New World.