Swaledale ram Derby XXX can now proudly wear a single stripe on his uniform, because he was promoted from private to lance corporal for good behavior. The event took place right after the Formation Day parade in Chester.
The dapper ram joined the Mercian Regiment in February of last year. He comes from a long line of sheep mascots—the first joined the 95th Derbyshire Regiment of Foot in 1858. As his name suggests, Derby XXX is the 30th of his kind. Just like any other soldier, he gets paid to buy his food, and even takes time off during the mating season. As part of his job, the lance corporal gets to help turn on the Christmas lights in Ashbourne.
Colonel of the regiment Brigadier Andrew Williams bestowed the honor onto the sheep during an event celebrating the eight year anniversary of the Mercian Regiment. You can see from the pictures that the ram was pretty proud of his new title and holds his head high.