A POPULAR petting farm is now home to "charming" new four-legged friends - and they are already stealing the hearts of visitors.

Stantons Farm, in Witham Road, Black Notley, has welcomed a selection of new animal arrivals.

Among the adorable newcomers are two eight-month-old Short Legged Dexter cows, who are expected to grow another 10cm taller.

They currently stand at about 100cm, making them the smallest breed of cow in the UK.

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The farm's workers ecstatic about the arrival of these delightful girls, who have quickly become the talk of the town.

Known for their gentle and friendly temperament, the Short-Legged Dexter cows are perfect for interacting with children during the farm's educational and fun-filled activities.

Braintree and Witham Times: Cute -Short-Legged Dexter cowCute -Short-Legged Dexter cow (Image: Stantons Farm)

A spokesman from Stantons Farm said: "Having the Short-Legged Dexter cows here has been an absolute joy.

"They are not only adorable but also incredibly docile and well-mannered."

The farm has also added to its menagerie with the introduction of two Black Nose Valais sheep, lovingly referred to as 'Teddy Bear Sheep'.

Braintree and Witham Times: Petting - Black Nose Valais sheep (AKA Teddy Bear Sheep)Petting - Black Nose Valais sheep (AKA Teddy Bear Sheep) (Image: Stantons Farm)

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Otto and Sprout, the latest woolly duo, have proven to be a big hit with visitors.

Known for their affectionate and dog-like demeanour, these sheep have quickly bonded with farm staff and guests alike.

Braintree and Witham Times: Rescue - rescue pony, DuncanRescue - rescue pony, Duncan (Image: Stantons Farm)

As if that wasn't enough, staff members have also welcomed Duncan, a rescue pony, to the petting farm.