YOUNGSTERS at a Wearside nursery had a woolly encounter when Molly the sheep came to visit.
The children at Millfield Community Nursery School were thrilled when the ewe went along to meet the children.
Molly, who lives at Sunderland Training and Education Farm, was invited along to help the children celebrate Chinese New Year.
Catherine Barnett, acting headteacher at the Bell Street school, said all of the children, from babies through to four-years-old, got the chance to pet Molly during the visit.
She said: “The Chinese New Year, which is Year of the Sheep, is in half term, but we wanted to do something to celebrate it.
“So the farm was kind enough to bring Molly down to spend the day with us.”
Mrs Barnett said the children loved talking to Molly and petting her and they also found out all about sheep, such as what they eat and where their wool goes.
The acting headteacher said they found that a number of the children had never been to a farm before and had not seen a sheep at first hand.
She said: “I think a lot of our children were overwhelmed by the size of Molly.
“They tend to think of sheep being small, but actually she was really big, much bigger than they thought she would be.”
Mrs Bennett said the children were very excited and loved having Molly at the nursery.
She said: “It was a really enjoyable event and mainly for out Chinese New Year celebrations.”
According to the Chinese zodiac 2015 is the Year of the Sheep, running from February 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016.