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Photographs celebrate Lake District rare breed sheep

Herdwick sheep, the breed of sheep that Herdy use for their products including the Herdy La'al crochet sheep as seen elsewhere on this board.

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Herdwick sheep were probably introduced by Norse settlers during the Viking invasions (10th-11th c.). The husbandry of the sheep has been a large factor in shaping the culture & terrain of the Lake District. Beatrix Potter was involved with breeding Herdwicks & bequeathed 15 farms to the National Trust. Per her instructions all continue to graze Herdwick flocks.

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Rare liliger cubs become mane attraction at a Russian zoo - the result of breeding lions and tigers

Even more rare than the liger & tigon, the liliger cub is the offspring of a male lion with a female liger. These cubs were born to a zoo in Russia and have a unique coat pattern. They aren’t stripes like a tiger, but almost dots like a leopard.

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Black Otter Mini Rex rabbits can live for 8-10 years but some have been known to live to 14 years old!

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Oxford breed sheep. My aunt says that this is the breed that was raised on the family farm generations back. Now her grandson is raising them again.

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This is a great photo, I love it Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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Chaffinch - another popular garden bird. I wonder how they'll fare in the #birdwatch this year?

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