Farmer pro­duces lambs with SIX LEGS

...To help boost prof­its and food yields

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

ABritish farmer has suc­cess­fully pro­duced the first six-legged lambs and he now hopes to breed them on a mass scale.

Si­mon Ben­nett says that he hopes the birth of two healthy lambs called Cup­cake and Sprin­kles will help to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the cost of meat for con­sumers.

The fas­ci­nat­ing de­vel­op­ment hap­pened com­pletely ‘by chance’ and has left sci­en­tists baf­fled.

The an­i­mals have been given a clean bill of health and are cur­rently un­der­go­ing ge­netic mon­i­tor­ing ahead of a pos­si­ble breed­ing pro­gramme.

Si­mon, from River­side Or­ganic in Whatcroft, Cheshire was lost for words when the an­i­mals ar­rived.

He said: “We had no out­side in­volve­ment from sci­en­tists, we were not try­ing to cre­ate these lambs, we’re an or­ganic farm so their ex­is­tence is purely down to

The fas­ci­nat­ing de­vel­op­ment hap­pened com­pletely ‘by chance’ and has left sci­en­tists baf­fled.

The an­i­mals have been given a clean bill of health.

Mother Na­ture.

“We have had a lot of in­ter­est from leading sci­en­tists and vets all around the world, not to men­tion the thou­sands of people who want to come and see the an­i­mals for them­selves.

“Their six legs have made them fit­ter and leaner and we ex­pect their meat to be ex­tra suc­cu­lent.”

A spokesman for the Bri­tish Live­stock So­ci­ety said: “We are cur­rently work­ing with sev­eral vet­eri­nar­i­ans, farm­ers and sci­en­tists to es­tab­lish the fea­si­bil­ity of a breed­ing pro­gramme.

“These lambs are healthy and hav­ing car­ried out ex­ten­sive tests, we are happy their off­spring would be safe to en­ter Bri­tain’s food chain.

“Al­though still spec­u­la­tive, we be­lieve this could have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the cost of meat if the breed­ing pro­gramme proves suc­cess­ful.”

The Sheep Breed­ers’ Union added: “It’s an in­cred­i­ble de­vel­op­ment which has the po­ten­tial to rad­i­cally change meat pro­duc­tion in the UK.”

Six-legged lambs

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