01/10/06 — Sheep theft leaves lamb without mom

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Sheep theft leaves lamb without mom

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 10, 2006 1:51 PM

FREMONT -- An adult Gulf Coast Native sheep was stolen from the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace, leaving a day-old lamb without its mother.

The sheep was stolen between 3 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday from the sheep barn, which was locked at the time, said site manager Leigh Strickland.

Aycock Lamb

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Charles B. Aycock Birthplace staff member Larry Barnes feeds Annie.

The door to the barn was broken.

A $200 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the thief.

Meanwhile, birthplace staff members are bottle feeding the lamb and will try to get the mother of 2-week-old twins to adopt the lamb as her own.

The lamb has been named "Annie" after Little Orphan Annie.

The birthplace keeps Gulf Coast Native sheep on its site because the breed was owned by eastern North Carolina farmers during Aycock's childhood in the 1870s.