Black Country News: Dainty French sheep are a small wonder; DUDLEY.
The Ouessant takes its name from a French-owned island, also known as Ushant, in the Atlantic off the western coast of Brittany.
The sheep - pictured with zoo keeper Sophie Cousins - have an average shoulder height of just 50cm (20in).
Curator Derek Grove said it was widely believed the Ouessant breed descended from a Viking species carried on board ships and left in conquered lands.
Ouessants were saved from extinction in the early 1900s by French aristocrats who allowed them to graze near their chateaux.
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Jun 28, 2006|
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