Words and pictures by Anita Watson
As Storm Eleanor blew its way through the Yorkshire Dales last night with gusts of up to 80mph, there was one young ewe with more reason than most to find shelter.
When Wensleydale farmer James Hodgson went out early to check his flock this morning, he was astonished to find that one of his ewe’s had given birth overnight to a little lamb born over two months early in the height of the storm.
Huddled together in a barn, it was the last thing he expected to find.
“It was a bit of a shock!” said James.
“She found shelter and gave birth in one of the barns.
“It’s very unusual to have a lamb so early in the year, but a very pleasant surprise.”
And what will they name the little newborn? Well, of course Eleanor sounds like a perfect choice!