Meet Quinto – the five-legged lamb

Staff at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth were left stunned on Easter Sunday when a lamb was born with five legs.
Staff at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth were left stunned on Easter Sunday when a lamb was born with five legs.
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A FIVE-LEGGED lamb may sound like an April Fool, but it’s no joke at a Northumberland visitor attraction.

Staff at Whitehouse Farm near Stannington were stunned when the surprise package was delivered on Easter Sunday.

The lamb’s mother had been expected to give birth to triplets, but after the first two offspring were born there was no sign of a third sibling arriving.

A vet began helping with the lambing and originally it was thought that the third lamb was in an awkward position.

But when it finally appeared it was discovered that the awkward birth had been due to the animal having an extra leg.

Otherwise, the lamb, which has been named Quinto, is perfectly healthy.

Heather Hogarty, one of the on-site managers at Whitehouse Farm, said: “We have never seen anything like it and thought it was an April Fool from the vet.

“She was named Quinto, which is from the Latin for five, but is completely healthy and had no problems.

“She has been running around, although we do think the fifth leg will have to be amputated.”

Quinto, who arrived on Sunday afternoon, has proved very popular among visitors to the farm over the Easter break.

And she is also finding fame across the country due to her extra limb making national headlines.

Whitehouse Farm is lambing around 140 sheep this year. The attraction, which opened in 1997, has become Northumberland’s largest farm visitor centre and more than 100,000 people pass through its gates each year.

It offers hands-on experience with animals, a Farmer’s Den soft play barn and a cafe. Animals include reptiles, chipmunks, reindeer, horses and farm breeds.