Ewe-dini the escaped sheep finds new home

Sheep at Brinsley Animal Rescue Ewe-dini (nearest camera) has lived at Brinsley Animal Rescue since March

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A new home has been found for an escaped sheep, once sold for slaughter, who turned up on a couple's patio.

Ewe-dini the sheep is going to live with TV antiques expert James Lewis, who has more than 40 rescued animals at his home in Derbyshire.

The female sheep is thought to have wandered on her own for several years before turning up in someone's garden.

She has been looked after by Brinsley Animal Rescue, in Nottinghamshire, since March.

As well as giving Ewe-dini a new home, Mr Lewis is adopting a second sheep and several chickens from Brinsley Animal Rescue.

"Before doing antiques I wanted to be a vet," said Mr Lewis, who works at Bamfords Auctioneers in Derbyshire.

"Being on Bargain Hunt and Flog It has given me the opportunity to start doing what I really love, which is my animals."

James Lewis James Lewis has also appeared in Antiques Road Trip

Mr Lewis already has two sheep at home, as well as dozens of animals including rabbits, cats, cockatiels, former racing pigeons, doves and chickens.

Romanian cat rescue

He is a patron for the Born Free Foundation, which he has rescued lions with.

Four of his own cats were rescued from Romania, together with a lioness.

"I ended up driving a van all the way from Derbyshire across Europe to Romania, rescuing the lion by delivering the lion crate, shipping it out to Malawi and driving back through customs with these dogs and cats in the back of the van," he said.

New homes have been found for a total of four sheep from Brinsley Animal Rescue after people read about Ewe-dini.

Amy Bloore, 25, was watching television when the sheep turned up in her back garden in Oakerthorpe.

It lived there for four days until being taken in by the rescue centre.

The sheep's tag showed she had belonged to a farmer in Sheffield several years ago and been sold at a market in Bakewell.

But she had not been given a new tag, suggesting she had escaped while on her way to slaughter.

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