WHEN Keeli Cambourne sent her eldest son Gus down to check on their lambing ewe Wendy, she never dreamt what he would find.
Gus came back with the news Wendy had dropped a quadruple bombshell in the form of four lambs.
Not unheard of but extremely uncommon, the quads have raised plenty of interest.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Ms Cambourne said.
She and her husband, Neil Lasker, have a five-acre property at Burrier.
“I didn’t know what we were going to do. Wendy only has two teats, we had no idea how she would feed four of them.”
As sheep sometimes do in multiple births, Wendy abandoned one of the lambs, affectionately known as Albert.
The family had him warmed up by local vet Andrew Havadjia at Shoalhaven Veterinary Clinic and then went about the task of hand-rearing him.
Despite being bottle fed over the weekend, Albert passed away on Monday morning.
His siblings Beyonce, Steve and Tatsuya are all thriving, however Wendy has since also abandoned Beyonce, who is being hand-reared.
There is a history of multiple births in Wendy’s bloodline. She was a twin, born in the August winds around four years ago, hence the name Wendy.
Proud father Juan Antonio is her junior at just 18 months and, as Ms Cambourne said, “obviously a very fertile youngster”.
Tablelands Livestock Health and Pest Authority district veterinarian Bill Johnson said quads were rare.
“When you consider sheep only have two teats it would indicate that they aren’t equipped for multiple births.”