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    Nugget, at 1 week old, checks out the Belfast Farmers' Market on March 30.

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    Heide Purinton-Brown of Toddy Pond Farm talks with a customer at the market while Nugget snoozes in a sling bag.

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    Nugget the lamb nestles in Heide Purinton-Brown's arms.

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    Avery Sagaas, 3, pets Nugget at the Belfast Farmers' Market.

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    A closeup of Nugget, whose Yoda ears and woolly face give him an "almost a combed, windblown look," says his surrogate dad, Greg Purinton-Brown.

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    Purinton-Brown watches Nugget at the Belfast Farmers' Market. The lamb was rejected by its mother at Toddy Pond Farm in Monroe after she'd given birth to triplets. A sheep has two teats, and Nugget's siblings were quicker to nurse.

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    Purinton-Brown hands Nugget to Karna Olsson to hold while Purinton-Brown helps customers at the market. She and her husband are bottle-feeding the lamb, and his presence as they do work and run errands has delighted Mainers who've met him.

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    Nugget has imprinted on his surrogate parents. "He only gets upset in the house if we are not around," Heide Purinton-Brown said.

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    When Nugget's owners made a final attempt to see whether his mother would accept him, the ewe nuzzled him and then booted him away with her nose. "We have become his flock," Purinton-Brown said.

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