While Tropical Storm Irene was churning up the East Coast on Saturday, a surprising thing happened. A new lamb, Irene Hope, was born in a stable in the Central Park Zoo. According to the zoo, it is rare for a lamb to be born at this time of year.
“On a day of great uncertainty for New York City, the lamb brought smiles and hope to all of us at the zoo,” said Susan Cardillo, an assistant curator at the Zoo. “We had to name her 'Irene Hope.' She was a big surprise. It is rare to see a lamb born in late August.”
The 8-pound lamb, whose mother (pictured above) is named Truffle and whose father is named Sid, is a Southdown, or baby doll sheep, which is, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, one of the oldest breeds of sheep from Sussex, England.
Counting Irene Hope, the Central Park Zoo now has seven Southdown sheep — one ram, three ewes and three lambs.
Check out a video of the zoo's new lamb below.