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Last updated 11:46 29/07/2013
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HAPPY FAMILY: The quadruplet lambs born on Peter Bos' Gordonton farm.

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A busy Waikato mum has her work cut out for her after the sudden arrival of quadruplets this week.

Peter Bos' ewe gave birth to four small woolly bundles of joy on Thursday night - amazingly, all happy and healthy.

As the ewe has only two teats, the chance of survival for all four lambs would normally be very minimal, said New Zealand Sheep Breeders Association president Ian Stevenson.

"If you've got bossy brothers, you mightn't get too much to drink," he said.

"All of them surviving doesn't happen that often."

Bos has been just as surprised by their strength.

"You normally find one weak one in the pack, but Mum's been looking out for them and if two have been feeding too long she'll push them aside and let the other wee ones have a go," he said.

The lambs are settling in nicely and are already bonding.

"They look like a little clutch of birds because they all cuddle up in this little nest," Mr Bos said.

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- Waikato Times

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