VDNKh has summed up the results of a vote to name a newborn lamb. Social network users cast their votes for the name for the offspring of the Edilbay ram Yelisei and the long-tailed fine-fleece sheep Dolly from 13 to 18 February. The lamb was born at the Urban Farm shortly before Valentine’s Day. Voters could choose from five romantic names: Lyubasha, Mirabelle, Venus, Amura and Agape (which means “love” in Ancient Greek).
“At Muscovites’ request, the lamb was named Lyubasha. Thirty-five percent of VDNKh’s social media page followers voted for this name. In total, more than 3,000 people participated in the voting,” the VDNKh press service reported.
The press service added that a nameplate will be fixed in early spring to the enclosure where Lyubasha lives. The newborn has noticeably grown, got settled in her enclosure and met the other Urban Farm residents. Now she weighs slightly over 3 kg. She is gradually getting accustomed to adult fodder in addition to her mother’s milk: she likes to try hay and oats.
“Lyubasha looks more like her father Yelisei, a dark long-fleece Edilbay ram. However, the expression on her face is as good-natured and tender as her mother’s. Visitors can come to see Lyubasha every day, except Mondays: on workdays from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm and on weekends and holidays from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm,” the press service said.
Edilbay sheep were bred in the Russian Empire in present-day Kazakhstan during the 19th century. A breed that could live in a harsh climate and endure long drives was needed. Breeders crossed local fat-tailed sheep with coarse-haired rams from the Astrakhan province. In addition to endurance, they got the fat-tail typical of sheep. The sheep are about 80 cm tall at the shoulder. Edilbay sheep range in colour from black to red and brown. The length of their fleece can reach 15 cm and weight up to 110 kg.
Long-tailed fine-fleece sheep have thin and crimpy wool, with its length reaching 9 cm. Normally, it is white or light grey. A sheep weighs up to 45 kg, and a ram weighs 90 kg.
VDNKh Urban Farm is a family educational centre. Here people can see hoofed animals, raccoons, donkeys, alpaca, rabbits, zebu and goats. After visiting the residents of the Urban Farm, people can go on to the hothouse, attend a pottery master class or make toys from hay. The centre will be open every day except Mondays: on workdays from 10.30 am to 8 pm and on weekends and holidays from 10.30 am to 10 pm.