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Tom Hanks tribute for Derbyshire farm's five-legged lamb

Forrest and Mark Bayley
Image caption Mark Bayley said none of his farming colleagues had ever encountered a five-legged lamb

A five-legged lamb has been born at a farm in Derbyshire and named after a Tom Hanks character.

The Texel Mule cross was born on Thursday morning and farm owner Mark Bayley said he was totally healthy.

The Bayley family nicknamed the young male Forrest in the hope his extra limb gives him the same love of running as film character Forrest Gump.

Mr Bayley said although it was tempting to sell Forrest for meat, he would probably be kept as a family pet.

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Media captionThe unusual new-born was found at 06:30 GMT on Thursday

The extra limb, which sits just behind Forrest's left front leg, is slightly shorter than the other four so is not interfering with his mobility at the farm in Ashbourne.

Mr Bayley said: "It's happy - drinking, running around. I spoke to a vet briefly and they said all seemed fine.

"It's a bit of a novelty for me and the children and their friends so it'll probably become a pet."

Other five-legged lambs have been reported in Northumberland, Wales and France over recent years.

Image caption Despite being different, Forrest has had no problems fitting in with his flock

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