A Braunton smallholding couple were shocked by four new arrivals for Easter after one of their ewes gave birth to quadruplets.

Yozi Praznikar with the newborn lamb quads. Picture: Tony GussinYozi Praznikar with the newborn lamb quads. Picture: Tony Gussin

Mark Nicholl and Yozi Prasnikar were surprised when their Jacob sheep Pica at Meadowsweet Farm produced four healthy lambs in one go.

It seems five in one go is very rare and although quads aren’t unknown, it doesn’t happen very often.

Yozi and Mark produce meat and vegetables on their 20 acre holding near Braunton and sell them to the community through markets and a weekly veg box scheme.

The couple have eight ewes and around 15 lambs currently, as well as three horses, including a rare breed Suffolk, three Highland cattle, two cats and various poultry.

The quad lambs – two girls and two boys – were born on Tuesday and mum and all her babies are doing well.

The newborns and mum are currently being kept indoors overnight but will soon be able to join their friends in the fields.

Kept up to date with the lambs on the Meadowsweet Farm Facebook page .

Mum Pica and her quadruplets are staying indoors overnight for a day or two. Picture: Tony GussinMum Pica and her quadruplets are staying indoors overnight for a day or two. Picture: Tony Gussin

Mum Pica and her four babies take a quick snooze. Picture: Meadowsweet FarmMum Pica and her four babies take a quick snooze. Picture: Meadowsweet Farm