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Lambing season starts early

By Iceland Review

The lambing season started early on a farm in Svalbardsströnd in Eyjafjördur fjord in North Iceland when the ewe Thoka, which translates as Fog, gave birth to two lambs on Palm Sunday.

Icelandic sheep comes in many types of colors and the small female lamb was red and the male lamb was white.

“My granddaughter came for a visit and immediately gave the newborns names,” said Halldóra Kjartansdóttir, farmer at Mógil II to Fréttabladid [18.03.08]

The female was promptly named Kolbrún and the baby ram was named Pálmi or Palm. Thoka has been an early starter before; last year this fertile ewe gave birth to four lambs at a similar time.

Usually the mating season for ewes does not begin until December. Ewes carry for 143 days and usually give birth in late May but Thoka is an exception. “She was obviously fooling around earlier in the autumn,” remarked farmer Kjartansdóttir.

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