I've just read this wonderful story in today's Metro newspaper about a man and his pet sheep. Call me baa-rmy but I love it. Nick the sheep even loves eating rose bushes, my favourite flowers. For the photos click into the title link.
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Sheep is unusual new house pet
Sunday, July 13, 2008
A cheeky ram is certainly not the black sheep of the family after he made himself at home in his rescuer's house.
The 22-stone sheep, which goes by the name Nick Boing, was rescued by David Palmer as a new-born lamb three years ago.
But despite Mr Palmer trying to reintroduce Nick to farm-life, the sheep preferred his home comforts in the Rhiwbina area of Cardiff, watching TV and trips in the car.
Mr Palmer, 53, said Nick had even slept in his bed when he was a lamb but was too big for that now.
He said Nick had not long been born when he discovered him bleating in the grass on a trip with his partner Caroline and 13-year-old son Nathan to Goldcliff Nature Reserve, in Newport, south Wales.
"There were no other sheep about so we picked him up," he said.
"I didn't know anything about sheep so I took him to the nearest farm and left my name, but nobody contacted me and he came with us.
"Caroline had a baby bottle left from when Nathan was little so we fed him some milk and within an hour he was running around."
Mr Palmer said he had tried leaving Nick with farmers on two occasions, but the animal had refused to go near other sheep and would not settle.
Nick has become a hit with the neighbours in the village and Mr Palmer said the sheep knows which gardens he is allowed into.
He said he had build Nick his own little bungalow in the back garden, complete with carpet and windows, but the sheep still likes to spend time in the living room.
"He's more intelligent than your average sheep that's stuck in a field.
He's in the house and in the car and meeting people over the park and around the village.
"He's part of the family. He comes in every evening, head-butts the cushions off the settee and watches TV.
"If the biscuit barrel is out he'll butt it on the floor because he knows the lid will come off.
"Come 11pm he'll have a swede or an apple and then he's out for the night.
"It probably smells in here, but I'm used to it.
"He's a browser not a grazer and likes to eat hedges and flowers.
"If he sees a rose bush he'll eat the whole thing right down to the ground."
Mr Palmer said: "It takes me five hours to shear him with a scissors but I only have to do that once a year.
"He loves being shampooed and will lie on his back with his legs in the air for me to wash him."
He said Nick also enjoys lying in the front doorway watching the world go by and that he is the mascot for his son's rugby team.
Mr Palmer also takes him to visit local schools.
"Who would have thought it? Going up and down the street with a lamb is one thing, I didn't think I could do it with a sheep but there you are.
"He's such good company and he knows what's what, he's not stupid at all."