The rare arrival of two sets of healthy quadruplet lambs born within 24 hours of each other in Cornwall is melting hearts if not the snow.
Duchy College farm at Stoke Climsland, has officially welcomed the start of spring with the new arrivals and while twins are relatively common, and staff and students have helped to deliver triplets before, quadruplets are rare.
Student, Roxanne Moran from Camelford, said: “It is a great experience to be involved with lambing, we all work together as a team and have a lambing duty rota. To see two sets of healthy quads is amazing.”
With the snowdrops and daffodils now in full bloom it is also the time of year to start welcoming the new calves and piglets.
Farm Manager at Duchy College, James Coumbe, said: “Quadruplets are uncommon but to have two sets so close to together is extremely rare. Both the mums and lambs are all doing well. It’s all go in the lambing shed at the moment. This is a really fun and busy time of year on the farm as everything springs into life.”
Head of Campus at Duchy College Stoke Climsland, Rob Dunn, said: “This time of year is always very busy but very rewarding at the same time. The farm staff and students are greeting new additions on a daily basis at the moment. Everyone needs to be congratulated for the hard work they are putting in.”