Shear Bad Luck: English Lamb Born Without Fleece Gets Man-Made Sweater

Experts in the sheep industry say the condition is very rare, almost unheard of.

ByABC News
April 27, 2016, 3:18 PM

— -- A lamb born without fleece on an English farm has been adorned with a man-made coat to keep him warm.

The wool-less lamb, which looks nothing like a typical sheep, was abandoned by its mother and is now being raised by farm owner Sally-Ann Fisher.

"He looks like a kangaroo," Fisher told BBC News, hence his name Skippy - the main character from an Australian TV series "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo."

Fisher thinks Skippy also looks like a "freak of nature" whose hand-made wool has become the talk of the town.

"We've made a little jacket for him to wear out of an old jumper to keep him warm at night," Fisher said.

Experts in the sheep industry say the condition is extremely rare.

"I've never heard or seen anything like this before," Peter Orwick, executive director of the American Sheep Industry Association, told ABC News.

Despite his setback, Skippy is skipping along just fine.

"He's just unlucky, but he's doing great," Fisher said.