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He's always first to the baaa! Pub takes in orphaned lamb after his mother dies giving birth


By Katie Silver

An orphaned spring lamb named Muldoon has found refuge at the Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in Britain. The 10 day old lamb, pictured here with landlady Tracy Daly, loves nothing more than to sit in front of the fire after a pint of milk at the bar

These pub owners weren't sheepish when deciding what to do with this lonely lamb.

Spotty Muldoon was taken in by pub owners Tracy Daly and Mike Peace when they heard of his plight after visiting a farmer in Penrith, Cumbria.

The Leicester-Swale cross breed lamb was orphaned when his mother died while giving birth to him as he was so large.

Not a black sheep: Muldoon is pictured with best friend Lizzy, a springer spaniel, outside the Tan Hill Innn

Tracy, 47, took him in at four days old to the Tan Hill Inn in North Yorkshire, and Spotty Muldoon has settled in well in the last week.

He joins resident pet sheep Doris and Boris, who were taken in when they were lambs a year ago, ten ducks, a brood of hens, two dogs, Sherbert, a Jack Russell, Lizzie a springer spaniel and cats Marmalade, Penny and Lady Grey.

Twelve-day-old Spotty Muldoon, named because of his spots on his ears and knees, has been enjoying food and drinks at the bar and spends his days being fawned over by regulars.

At night he sleeps in a barn and will be reared in the pub and may eventually settle at Tracy’s farm in Somerset.

Tracy said: ‘The kids who come here love him and people have been coming in then bringing their friends and family back to meet him.

‘He’s got a lovely character, he’s very inquisitive.

‘He was orphaned because his mum died giving birth to him, he is a whopper.

‘In the first few days, the vets said he had a 60 per cent chance of making it, but now we’ve taken him in and he’s doing well.

‘At the farm, they have all the other animals to look after so he wouldn’t get as much time and attention as he does here. He seems to really like it here, everyone wants to feed him.

‘He gets lots of affection from us and the regulars, and he’s kept nice and warm and stimulated.

‘He likes to nibble on people’s elbows at the moment.

‘Boris and Doris, our other sheep, are looking after him too. Doris is trying to mother him and Boris felt a bit threatened at first having a bit of male competition but he’s fine now.’

Little lamb: Muldoon was orphaned when his mother died giving birth. Originally thought to have a 60 per cent chance of survival, he is doing well with the new care


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