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Minnesota sheep has lamb octuplets

The sheep at JTF ranch in Truman gave birth to a litter of eight lambs last week, owners Travis and Jeanine Fowler said.

By Ben Hooper

TRUMAN, Minn., April 9 (UPI) -- The owners of a Minnesota ranch said their sheep gave birth to octuplets -- possibly the largest litter of lambs in North America.

Travis and Jeanine Fowler, owners of the JTF Ranch in Truman, said most polypay sheep give birth to one to three lambs at a time, but a sheep at her ranch gave birth to a litter of eight lambs last week.

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The lambs may be the largest litter of polypay sheep in North America.

"It's pretty exciting. I never dreamt that we, or you could have that many lambs. So to say that she's a prolific ewe would probably be an understatement," Travis Fowler told KEYC-TV.

The Fowlers said the two male lambs will eventually be sold, but the six females will have a permanent home at the ranch.

"That fact that they made it for a full week, because every day you come out going, 'Is everyone still ok? Is everyone still alright?' And yeah that they are doing good is nice too," Jeanine Fowler said.

The ewe previously gave birth to four sets of triplets and one set of twins.

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