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Lambs get knitted jackets thanks to mystery donor

Doug Douglas from Avon Valley and his brood of - colourful - orphaned lambs Credit: Paul Gillis

Lambs at a Keynsham wildlife park have been kitted out with knitted jackets, thanks to an anonymous donor.

Staff at Avon Valley had been keeping the orphaned youngsters warm with plastic coats, which can increase survival by up to 50 percent - but are nowhere near as dapper.

Watch: Images of the orphaned lambs in their colourful woolly coats

Doug Douglas, the managing director of Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, would love to find out who the mystery knitter is, so he can thank them.

Sheep take to the Downs in an ancient tradition

The grass is always greener on Durdham Downs Credit: ITV News

Now, it's not long before the Shaun the Sheep sculpture trail invades Bristol but today their real life woolly cousins beat them to it.

When the historic Durdham Downs became a public open space in 1861, property owners nearby were given "commoners' rights" to graze livestock there.

And this afternoon, 15 June, that tradition was upheld.

Do ewe think this is a baa-rilliant idea? Credit: ITV News

Calls for Schmallenberg vaccine: full report

Sheep farmers are at crisis point. They say recent bad weather, low supermarket prices and now the return of the deadly Schmallenberg virus are threatening to put them out of business.

Schmallenberg causes birth defects in lambs. And while it was only discovered a year ago, farmers say the impact has been huge - 91 cases have been confirmed across Dorset and Somerset so far this year.

One farmer says if his sheep contract the virus his livelihood will be destroyed.

Tanya Mercer reports:

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