The Campbell Island flock, a hardy, subantarctic breed who are unusual in standing up to give birth, are down to just 30 animals after the theft

Five rare sheep who descend from a unique subantarctic island population have been stolen and slaughtered, reducing the population of Campbell Island breed to a mere 30 animals.

Daniel Wheeler was dismayed to discover five of his Campbell Island sheep had been stolen from his farm in central Christchurch, with the thieves leaving behind the intestines of the dead animals and the baby lambs that had been gestating in their wombs, which included a set of twins.

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