Precious has many fans
Little Precious McKenzie has big hooves to fill.
The 4-week-old lamb, named after a famous New Zealand weightlifter, is replacing Wellington’s most popular sheep, Yoda, who died this year.
Yoda left behind thousands of fans at the Lotsa Follies Petting Zoo in Takapu, but with his wiggling tail and cute little face, Precious is fast winning them over.
His owner, Phil Martin, said it would be about two years before Precious was big enough to give rides to small children as Yoda did.
‘‘At the moment they [children] are bottle feeding him, which is fun.
‘‘But it will be more fun when they can ride him,’’ he said.
When that time comes, Precious will need to live up to his name.
‘‘We decided to call him that because he’s quite short and has to be strong to carry the kids.’’
Lotsa Follies has up to 900 visitors a weekend in the summer for picnics and parties. It is run by Martin and his partner, Sandy Nightingale, and was opened six years ago.
Feeding time: Lotsa Follies Petting Zoo owner Phil Martin with new pet, Precious McKenzie.