50 Lambs get coats to keep them warm

Woolly coat ... newborn lambs have been given jackets to stop them from getting hypothermia as weather turns cold

Woolly coat … newborn lambs have been given jackets to stop them from getting hypothermia as weather turns cold
 

THIS newborn lamb may look ready for a game of footie but the youngster’s orange bib is actually the only thing protecting it from an early grave.

An unseasonably warm January has led to many sheep giving birth early — but as the temperature plummets the little lambs are now at risk of developing hypothermia.

Farmer Will Willison, from the Old Yarr Estate and sheep farm in Redditch, Worcs, has been forced to dress all 50 of his newborns in lammacs, or lamb jackets, to protect them from the cold snap.

Keeping warm ... lambs stay close to their mum

Keeping warm … lambs stay close to their mum

 The animals were born three weeks early on January 4 after a mild New Year, but as the temperature began to drop Will, 37, and his wife Nina, 37, had to act quickly to dress them in their new kit.

The fluorescent orange tabards made from polythene plastic not only conserve heat, they also offer protection against foxes as the rustling material and bright colour help to act as a deterrent to predators.

All kitted out ... lambs and farmer's wife Nina

All kitted out … lambs and farmer’s wife Nina
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