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The Hebridean is a breed of small black sheep from Scotland similar to other members of the North European short-tailed group, such as the Shetland and North Ronaldsay breeds. Hebridean fleeces are popular with hand spinners who appreciate the subtle mixture of shades in the fleece. The fleece is actually a double coat: a soft insulating undercoat with a coarser, rain shedding top layer. A Hebridean can shed rain from its coat by a swift shake. This water repellent quality carries over into finished woollen products.
My son spotted Khyber when he was out shopping for a Christmas tree. He got chatting to the owner, took a couple of snapshots of him for me because he thought he was so handsome and should have a portrait! Only a few days later he heard that Khyber, out for his evening walk had spotted a fox, gave chase across a road, was struck by a car and killed. So sad.