Little wonders arrive in South Yorkshire

Newly arrived male Llama at Cannon Hall farm who has been named Leicester
Newly arrived male Llama at Cannon Hall farm who has been named Leicester
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it was a busy night down on the farm when these two cute creatures came into the world... a new foal and a baby llama born just hours apart at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley.

But the happy occasion threatened to turn to tragedy as the little Shetland filly had fluid on her lungs after a surprise night birth.

It was tough to tell whether she would survive - but, thanks to lots of loving care, she is now delighting visitors and staff.

Two tiny Soay lambs - called Diamond and Jubilee - were also born on Monday and are doing well.

Richard Nicholson, farm director, said: “It was touch and go for a while with the pony because she had breathing difficulties.

“When she was born she must have taken in fluid, and I didn’t think she would survive. The vet had to milk her mother to get the foal going, and give her injections.

“But she is doing really well now. I was surprised because I didn’t think she would make it.”

Luckily there was no drama with the baby llama - called a cria. He was born healthy and has been named Leicester as farm staff were in the city that night for the Visit England Awards For Excellence 2012.

Cannon Hall won a placing in the top-five of the Best Tourism Experience Category. There will now be a visitors’ competition to give the pony her name. Sheep shearing, racing and tractor and trailer farm safaris are taking place at the farm every day until Sunday, June 10.

n To name the pony - and win a family day pass to the farm - email with your suggestion by the end of June.