Pop legend Jimmy Osmond has got himself a pair of Long Haired Lovers From the New Forest

Pop legend Jimmy Osmond has got himself a pair of Long Haired Lovers From the New Forest after purchasing two extremely rare Valais Blacknose sheep.

Pop legend Jimmy Osmond buys two very rare sheep and they are just adorable

The 54-year-old star, who found fame in the 1970s as the youngest member of singing family The Osmonds, recently bought the pair of sheep, named Elvis and Emma.

The sheep are part of a 50-strong flock of the rare breed that were settled in the New Forest a year ago after they were imported from their native Switzerland in 2014.

Abigail Bolt, 32, breeds the rare animals – known as “the world’s cutest sheep” – with business partner and friend Emma Childs, 52.

Ms. Bolt said: “We have been in touch with Jimmy for about six months. His daughter spotted the sheep on social media and was desperate to have one. They came to the farm to see the sheep about a month ago and they fell in love with Emma. She has been brought up in the house, so she is really friendly. She thinks she’s a dog. He bought her and another lamb called Elvis. We will continue to look after them on the farm for him.”

Ms. Bolt said her sheep are bred naturally and regularly perform well in competitions.

Those looking to buy a Valais Blacknose sheep of their own can expect to pay around £1,000 for a castrated pet sheep or as much as £3,000 for a breeding ram or ewe.

Ms. Bolt added it was surreal to get a call from Mr. Osmond as his famous track ‘Long Haired Lover from Liverpool’ was the first single her business partner ever owned.

She said: “We are looking to really partner with Jimmy and he has ideas to raise awareness of the rare breed. He’s like a nice ambassador for the breed. He is a lovely guy. He is down to earth and a real pleasure to know. He’s going to make regular visits and he’s over here [in the UK] five or six months a year anyway. He’s a real Anglophile. His family can come and visit as often as they like.”

Mr. Osmond is currently appearing as Teen Angel in Grease at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, Hants, and Elvis and Emma are set to meet him and the cast this week.

Mr. Osmond told ITV News: “I feel part of the culture here and I even bought sheep here in the New Forest. I’m going to see them in a couple of days. I have two new Blacknose sheep. Their names are Elvis and Emma. I love it here. I love the people and I love the culture and the diversity. I feel like I belong here.”

Article originally posted metro.co.uk

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