Newborn named after heptathlon heroine Jess

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis competes in the Women's Heptathlon 200m at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the seventh day of the London 2012 Olympics. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 3, 2012. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Jessica Ennis competes in the Women's Heptathlon 200m at the Olympic Stadium, London, on the seventh day of the London 2012 Olympics. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 3, 2012. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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SHE might prefer chomping on hay to gold medal glory, but this dinky donkey is hoping to capture as many hearts as her namesake.

The latest addition to Chatsworth House’s farmyard has been christened Jessica in honour of Sheffield athlete Jess Ennis, who stormed to success in the heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Farmhouse manager Margaret Norris discovered the newborn by chance and found mother Tilley had given birth to her unaided.

After witnessing the foal stand up quickly, staff felt Jess was a fitting name.

It is the latest accolade for Ennis, after Royal Mail released a stamp featuring her image and repainted a postbox in the centre of Sheffield gold.

There have also been calls to rename Don Valley Stadium after the star.

A Chatsworth spokesman said guests can visit Jessica until the end of the summer.

Willow, another donkey in the yard, is expected to give birth this week.