Woolly yarn about a 22-stone sheep who is kept as a family pet
By David Wilkes
Last updated at 7:45 AM on 14th July 2008
In the Palmer household, Nick is just like any other young member of the family. He hogs the television, won't go to his room - and has even been known to raid the biscuit barrel.
Unlike the average child, however, he's more than happy to mow the lawn.
It's a sheep's life: David Palmer with his three-year-old, 22-stone pet Nick Boing
The sheep - whose full name is Nick Boing, because of his 'bouncy' personality - was rescued by former coach driver David Palmer three years ago, when he was just a newborn.
The 53-year- old found the sick lamb in overgrown grass on a trip to a nature reserve with his partner Caroline Clements, 54, and their 13-year-old son Nathan. 'There were no other sheep about so we picked him up,' he said. 'I didn't know anything about sheep so I took him to the nearest farm and left my name, but nobody contacted me and he came with us.
In the mornings, Nick likes nothing better than to lie in the front doorway watching the world go by.
'He's part of the family,' said Mr Palmer, of Rhiwbina in Cardiff. 'He's more intelligent than your average sheep that's stuck in a field. He's in the house and in the car and meeting people. He's good company and he knows what's what.'