Farmer Raymond Brindley hadn’t seen anything like it before, and the 51-year-old has a flock of 400 texel-cross sheep.
After one of his ewes became pregnant, he was expecting her to have triplets. Instead, she gave birth to not four, not five, but six little lambs. Three were white and three were black.
“I helped her deliver three of them, but then realized there were two more to come,” Raymond told SWNS. “I thought to myself, ‘Five must be it.’ But I was amazed: There was a sixth one.”
The farmer from the U.K. works 15-hour days to keep up with his enormous flock. The biggest litter he’d seen before this was quadruplets.
“I’ve heard of people having five before, but I’ve been farming all my life and I’ve never had six,” he said. “It’s quite amazing.”
The sextuplets were born at the end of April 2017, but haven’t had a chance to stretch their legs outside due to the cold weather.
“We even had snow on the ground on Tuesday,” Raymond said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to put them out in the fields next week.”
The novelty of the litter isn’t lost on Raymond.
“It’s something I’ve heard of happening before but that was about 20 years ago. I never thought it would happen in my own flock,” he said.
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