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    Default Bruno the 'woolly lamboth' is spared the chop due to his size

    At three times the size of the other newborn lambs, he'd certainly produce some gigantic chops.
    But Bruno, who weighed in at a massive 21lb when he was delivered on Monday, is one spring lamb that won't be going to the slaughter.
    He is believed to be the biggest lamb ever born anywhere in the world, and farmer Mark Meredith plans to keep him as a pet to see how big he gets.

    Giant: At 21lbs Bruno (right) is physically three times as large as a fellow newborn lamb

    Mr Meredith, 44, who farms at Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, said it took him 20 minutes to deliver Bruno the 'woolly lamboth', compared to a couple of minutes for the average 7lb lamb.
    He added: 'You couldn't tell when his mother was pregnant that she was going to have such a big lamb. But as she was giving birth I put my hand on his little toe and knew straight away he was going to be colossal.
    'We decided to call him Bruno because he's a bit of a bruiser.
    'He is just an absolute monster and it's going to be very interesting to see how big he is going to get.
    'In my 25 years in farming I have never seen a lamb this huge - and my father who has been doing it 60 years also said it's the biggest he's seen.'

    Mark Meredith plans to keep Bruno as a pet to see how big he gets

    Guinness World Records was yesterday looking into whether Bruno is officially the heaviest lamb ever born.
    He dwarfs a previous pretender to the crown, born in North Wales earlier this month, who weighed in at a comparatively modest 17lbs.
    Ewes can give birth to single lambs, twins, triplets or sometimes more than three each delivery.
    As happened in Bruno's case, larger lambs tend to result from pregnancies where they are the only offspring.
    These lambs can cause pelvic injuries to the mother, whilst the lamb's size means it can suffer crushed ribs and then lung damage during the birth.
    Thankfully, Mr Meredith, who has two children with wife Samantha, 43, said that both mother and Bruno emerged from the birth unscathed.

    Record breaker: Bruno (right) is believed to be the world's biggest ever newborn lamb

    He said: 'Sometimes you can have the head leaning to one side or the legs hanging back and with smaller lambs you can reach in there and manoeuvre them around.
    'With Bruno though - there would have been absolutely no room to reach in and do that.
    'You have to be really careful with a birth like that.
    'It's the same as a woman giving birth to a 21lb baby really.'
    He said Bruno would be left to socialise with the other lambs.

    'I'm sure once he learns he's bigger than everybody else, he will be bullying the others out of the way and making the most of his physical presence', Mr Meredith added.
    His father Bill, 63, said: 'It is very unusual really to have it this big but luckily everything was straightforward and there were no problems with him at all.'
    Bruno is a mixed-breed lamb - his father is a Suffolk ram and his mother a Welsh mule.
    New Zealand is the world's biggest producer of lambs. But the largest new-born lamb ever recorded there weighed just 15.5lbs.

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    Glad he is to be spared! Hefty little guy.
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