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Too sweet to eat?

“I simply must touch it’s curly wool and give it a cuddle,” the woman cooed, pushing past me. “They’re sooooo beautiful.” Her wide-eyed husband appeared equally besotted. “Like teddy bears,” he murmured, as he joined the stampede. “Adorable.”

And that appeared to be the universal reaction to the sheep breed dubbed the “cutest in the world” when I went to record radio interviews at an agricultural show  yesterday. Even the dyed-in-the-wood (no pun IMG_2205intended) Scottish farmer who’d imported them from Switzerland admitted that he’d fallen in love with them. And if the attention at the show  was an example of the public’s reaction to his new enterprise, he’s on to a real winner. But for sale as pets, not pies.

They’re called Valais Blacknoses, they look like giant cuddly toys, they wear giant tinkling bells round their curly necks  and the spectators who hung around desperate for a cuddle (with the lambs, not me) were so carried away they made fabulous interviewees.

Never work with children or animals, they say, but the latter sure works for me. And yeah, I can’t deny it, they are pretty cute.


9 Comments Post a comment
  1. So adorable!

    August 27, 2014
  2. They are cuter than your average sheep. Are they used primarily for wool or meat. Perhaps both? They look on the small side?

    August 6, 2014
    • The photo makes them look small but they actually tower over most breeds of sheep. According to the farmer I spoke to, they’re bred for meat in Switzerland but he’s going to explore the pet and wool options. His girlfriend looked horrified when I asked if they were going to eat them!

      August 7, 2014
  3. Also amazed here that they haven’t been discovered and recognized. They really are too sweet (to eat, or otherwise)! 😀

    August 5, 2014
  4. They’re so cute!

    August 5, 2014
    • And they come with fab sound effects of tinkling bells round their necks. I’m sure they taste good too!

      August 5, 2014
  5. They certainly are – I love the knee patches!

    August 5, 2014
    • Yes, they’re quite hilarious. I’m amazed we haven’t seen or heard of the breed before now.

      August 5, 2014

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