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Couple save sheep from slaughter

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 08:42 01 August 2010

AT first glance you might consider yourself baa-rmy if you saw a sheep roaming around a garden lined by a busy road and a hospital.

But a ram named Kimbo has settled perfectly into his new home at a cottage in St Mary's Road, Beccles, much to the bemusement of staff members at the town surgery.

AT first glance you might consider yourself baa-rmy if you saw a sheep roaming around a garden lined by a busy road and a hospital.

But a ram named Kimbo has settled perfectly into his new home at a cottage in St Mary's Road, Beccles, much to the bemusement of staff members at the town surgery.

In a real labour of love, owners Carlo Di Franco and Ian Rhodes have rescued the eight-month-year old sheep from the prospect of slaughter.

After recently moving to the area, the couple wanted to change their pace of life from a busy city to a quiet town location, complete with a host of animals for company.

They already have two cats, chickens and quails and now Kimbo has become the latest, somewhat quirky addition.

Carlo and Ian first saw Kimbo after they went to buy three quails from a lady in Stoven who needed to find new homes for her four sheep to prevent them from slaughter.

“We named him Kimbo after the Italian coffee that I drink,” said Carlo. “He's been very good, but he has got quite a boisterous temper, he can be a bit of a stubborn boy sometimes.”

Carlo and Ian have put up a reinforced fence to protect Kimbo and said he was enjoying his new surroundings with a constant stream of fresh apples to eat.

“I think we might have reached our limit now with the amount of animals we have,” said Carlo. “We've just got to befriend someone with a bit of land so we can take him there occasionally for a change of scenery.

“We've got quite a bit of land, which backs onto the hospital so I think the nurses can probably hear a sheep baa-ing as they are walking by,” he laughed.

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