Cute photos of tiny one-week-old Shetland lamb Newt just 6ins tall

All sheeps and sizes! Tiny one-week-old Shetland lamb Newt is only 6ins tall, weighs just 2lbs and is so small she wears a SOCK to keep her warm

  • Tiny one-week-old Shetland lamb Newt is just 6in tall and weighs 2lbs 
  • Shepherdess Samantha Matthews said she initially mistook him for placenta 
  • The miracle is so small that he is wearing a size six sock to keep warm 

This Shetland lamb is so little that the shepherdess who delivered him is using a size six sock as a jacket to keep him warm.

Newt was born a week ago on midwife-turned-shepherdess Samantha Matthews’ farm near Pengenffordd, Wales and weighs just 2lbs – about half that of healthy lambs of that breed.

Standing just 6in tall, he was born immediately after his twin, with Miss Matthews telling The Times that he was so small that she mistakenly thought he was the placenta.

The 6in tall Shetland lamb, called Newt, was born a week ago. Pictured with shepherdess Samantha Matthews

He was born immediately after his twin and was so small that he was mistaken for placenta

Newt, pictured on the left, weighs about half that of healthy lambs of that breed

Newt started to breathe, and Miss Matthews, from Brecon in Powys, fed him using a small syringe every four hours

Newt started to breathe, and Miss Matthews, from Brecon in Powys, fed him using a small syringe every four hours.

‘It’s the smallest lamb I’ve ever seen,’ she said. ‘When I picked him up, I thought he was the placenta. I couldn’t believe it and presumed he was a stillborn.

‘The smallest feeding tube I have was too big for him, so he’s being fed using a small syringe every four hours.

‘I didn’t think he’d survive 24 hours, being so small I presumed he was premature. But he’s gone from strength to strength and hasn’t needed any medicine.’

The shepherdess said Newt was being hand-reared alongside two Jacob lambs, adding: ‘He’s so small his mother may accidentally squash him!’.

The shepherdess said Newt was being hand-reared alongside two Jacob lambs, adding: ‘He’s so small his mother may accidentally squash him!’

This lamb is so little that the shepherdess who delivered him is using a size six sock as a jacket to keep him warm

Miss Matthews said: ‘It’s the smallest lamb I’ve ever seen. When I picked him up, I thought he was the placenta. I couldn’t believe it and presumed he was a stillborn’

The shepherdess added: ‘I didn’t think he’d survive 24 hours, being so small I presumed he was premature. But he’s gone from strength to strength’

In an interview last year, Miss Matthews described how she went from working at a hospital in Harlow, Essex to tending two prize pedigree flocks in Wales after meeting her fiancée.

She now has around 45 breeding ewes and 20 younger ewes in her flock of Jacob and Black Welsh Mountain sheep near the village of Pengenffordd in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

‘The [midwifery] skills are transferable, put it that way, so there are similarities,’ Miss Matthews told Wales Online.

‘I’ve just had to learn by doing it, I’ve made a few mistakes along the way but I’m getting better at it, and seeing potential problems.’

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