Adorable Babydoll Lambs Born at Prospect Park Zoo

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    Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

    Two adorable babydoll lambs are among the newest members of the Prospect Park Zoo.

    Arthur and his sister Brooklyn were born last month to mother Ginger. Also known as miniature Southdown, babydolls are the oldest known purebred sheep in the world, the zoo says.

    The lambs weighed about as much as a human baby when they were born -- Arthur came in at eight pounds, two pounds heavier than Brooklyn -- and will grow to be about 175 pounds and 120 pounds, respectively. Right now, they have downy coats of pure white, but the coats fade a bit as they age.

    Zoo officials say both youngsters are healthy and enjoy playing with each other in the pasture under the watchful eye of their mother ewe.

    Arthur and Brooklyn made it just in time to participate in Prospect Park Zoo's Fleece Festival next month, which is an annual two-day festival during which park-goers are invited to watch the fluffy sheep get shorn in their barnyard quarters.

    More information about Fleece Festival can be found online at www.prospectparkzoo.com.

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