May the Force be with Yoda
Wellington’s most famous sheep has died, leaving thousands of little fans behind.
Yoda the sheep was a fixture at the Lotsa Follies Petting Zoo in Takapu since it opened six years ago.
His owner, Phil Martin, said Yoda always put on a show and children loved him.
‘‘He was just so friendly and didn’t mind them going for little rides on him,’’ he said.
‘‘ Thousands of kids have had something to do with him. I miss him because he was my best pet.’’
Martin raised Yoda from birth.
‘‘It took at least three years to get him as friendly as he was.’’
In August, Martin will choose another lamb to replace Yoda, but until then his pet goat has stepped in to entertain the children.’’
Lotsa Follies has between 800 and 900 visitors a weekend in the summer for picnics and parties. It is run by Martin and his partner, Sandy Nightingale.
Farewell Yoda: Lotsa Follies owner Phil Martin said Yoda the sheep would be missed by thousands of children.