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Tampa Electric’s ‘Lamb Cam’ is back

The utility uses the sheep rather than lawn mowers around its solar arrays.
Tampa Electric Co.'s "Lamb Cam" is back. Pictured are sheep in a still from a video last year courtesy of Tampa Electric. [Courtesy of Tampa Electric Co.] [COURTESY OF TAMPA ELECTRIC CO.  |  Courtesy of Tampa Electric Co.]
Tampa Electric Co.'s "Lamb Cam" is back. Pictured are sheep in a still from a video last year courtesy of Tampa Electric. [Courtesy of Tampa Electric Co.] [COURTESY OF TAMPA ELECTRIC CO. | Courtesy of Tampa Electric Co.]
Published Jan. 7

TAMPA — Need more soft baby animals in your life? Tampa Electric Co.'s seasonal “Lamb Cam” returned on Tuesday.

The utility rents flocks of Katahdin sheep to keep vegetation in check around the utility’s solar arrays, and are cheaper than a traditional lawn mower. Activation of the video display coincides with the arrival of new lambs.

“The sheep have adequate food, water, shade and shelter,” Tampa Electric said in a release. “A team of experts monitors their health several times a week.”

Katahdin sheep have hair instead of wool, which helps them stay cooler in Florida’s climate. They are protected by fencing that keeps out “most predators," according to Tampa Electric, and have been keeping the utility’s solar fields trimmed since last year.

This year, the Lamb Cam will show newborn lambs at the Apollo Beach Big Bend solar site. Videos will be archived for those who miss them live.

“Rest assured, we will give the mama sheep her privacy and ensure everyone’s safety," the utility said. To view the cam, visit www.facebook.com/tampaelectric.

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