Sheep reunited with family after 60mph car ordeal

Larry back on the farm. Picture: Toby Williams
Larry back on the farm. Picture: Toby Williams
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HE is surely Scotland’s most famous sheep, and what a yarn he has to tell the rest of the flock.

One minute skipping happily around his home in Lanarkshire, the next hurtling, ears pinned back, hanging on for dear life at 60mph on the front of a Renault Clio.

And fresh from starring on the front of the Evening News, Larry returned a celebrity to Calla Farm for a reunion with his mother and twin sister which no-one can quite believe.

How he survived the traumatic 40-minute, 25-mile journey remains a mystery but, for now, he seems to be recovering well and lapping up the 
attention. Indeed, he is now gamboling – albeit with a pronounced limp – as if nothing had happened.

Owner David Bailie said: “You just wouldn’t think it possible he could survive. There’s no doubt he’s the most adventurous lamb I’ve ever had.”

The mischievous four-week-old Cheviot hit the headlines after being hit by the car near his home on Friday and carried all the way along the A70 and A71. Larry’s journey from hell ended when the motorist arrived at Edinburgh Airport and was informed there was a seemingly startled sheep attached to her car.

Larry’s return journey was distinctly more sedate, as he was transported like ovine royalty, safely tucked up in the back of a Scottish SPCA van complete with travelling blanket.

Mr Bailie, who has more than 1000 ewes and around 1400 lambs, had no idea Larry was even missing until Scottish SPCA officers contacted him.

“He must have escaped on to the road on Friday night without me realising. It’s quite unbelievable,” he said.

Other than his broken back leg, Larry is seemingly unharmed, despite police having to free him from the grille of the Clio.

And he can look forward to a happy future at the Carnwath farm – providing he learns some road safety, of course – as he is set to used for breeding.

Mr Bailie said: “He’s back in the field with his mother and twin who seem pleased to have him back. The vets did a great job of getting him back on his feet.

“He seems to be doing well and happy to be home.”