It's almost too charming to be true - a sheep that's part of a live nativity scene at a Cincinnati park gave birth to a lamb on Christmas Eve. Really.
The baby arrived late on Friday night at the Krohn Conservatory, but only a night watchman was present to witness the event, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Both the sheep and the lamb - a female - are in good health.
Now, the lamb has a name - "Mary Christmas".
"She's up and running around," says Cheryl Alexander, business services manager at the Krohn Conservatory, which hosts the annual Christmas scene. "She's had all of her first shots, and yes, she's in the live nativity scene right now."
The Krohn Conservatory's nativity crèche is an annual event presented by the Western and Southern Financial Group that began in 1939. Some 50,000 people visit the scene every year: the Enquirer reviews the company's involvement with the event, and that of a Kentucky nursery, over the decades.
Mary, her mother and the rest of the crèche animals will be on display through Jan. 1 when they'll return to the Kentucky nursery that owns them.
"Hopefully, Mary Christmas will return next year and become a Krohn regular," says Alexander.