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Babydoll Lambs Make Spring Debut At Prospect Park Zoo

Arthur, Brooklyn and mom Ginger play in their pasture. (Credit: Julie Larsen Maher)

Arthur, Brooklyn and mom Ginger play in their pasture. (Credit: Julie Larsen Maher)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Here’s looking at you babydolls.

Two lambs born last month at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn are a reminder that spring is in full swing.

The brother named Arthur, weighed eight pounds at birth while his sister, Brooklyn, weighed six pounds. Both healthy youngsters are gaining weight daily. As adults, Arthur will weigh approximately 175 pounds and Brooklyn 120 pounds.

Also known as the miniature Southdown, babydolls are the oldest known purebred sheep in the world.

Arthur and Brooklyn have delicate features, a diminutive size, and downy coats of pure white.

During spring, the sheep at the Prospect Park Zoo get their annual wool cuts during Fleece Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The highlight of the event is watching the zoo’s fluffy sheep get shorn in their barnyard quarters.

Shearing times are both days, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Other activities planned for this year’s event, include spring-themed crafts, games and live music performed by the Otter Brothers.

Visitors will get to see how felt is made during special demonstrations by the zoo’s docents.

More information about Fleece Festival can be found online at www.prospectparkzoo.com.