Meet Titch, the aptly named newborn lamb who is smaller than a spring daffodil.
Weighing less than 815gms and only 7ins high, he could be the world’s smallest lamb.
Farmers in Durham recently thought a premature lamb weighing 2lbs was the smallest but Titch, who arrived in Fosdyke Bridge last week, was still tinier, even at four days-old.
Belinda Needham, who runs a smallholding with husband James, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we weighed him and discovered he was lighter and could be the smallest!”
Titch, who is a Shetland rare breed, is being hand-reared indoors.
Belinda said: “When his mother rejected him she had no milk anyway so he is being bottle fed.
“He was syringe fed at first as he was too small to use a lamb bottle. Now we are using a kitten bottle. Lambing is my favourite time of year but Titch is so adorable.”
The Needhams run the smallholding as a hobby. Their flock of sheep includes Lincoln Long Wools and Manx, as well as Shetland rare breeds – and there are more lambs on the way. Titch will be registered as a Shetland rare breed pedigree and then look forward to a life as a pet.
Belinda said: “We do sell some of our stock for meat or breeding, but I can’t sell any I hand rear – I just get too attached to them.”
With this in mind it’s just as well the couple, who moved to Fosdyke Bridge five years ago, have “day jobs”.
Belinda, 25, runs Patter Paws and is a pet sitter and dog walker and James, 30, is a lorry mechanic.
When they have finished renovating the house, Belinda also hopes to open a boarding kennels. She said: “Rearing sheep is just a hobby but it certainly keeps us busy.”