Here’s the first of the 2010 class putting his best foot forward. He’s less than 24 hours old in this picture and look at the size of those sturdy feet. Now, ten days later, he’s a bounding, bouncing, leaping machine, able to vault small boulders and execute four-footed bounces with extended back kicks.
Yesterday we put the ewe and her two lambs back with the flock – we like to keep the new-borns up at the house for the first week so we can keep an eye on them and they can mow our lawn. Plus it’s safer for the lambs. Other ewes can be a tad brutal if a strange lamb tries to suckle them and last year’s lambs can be a bit boisterous. Head butting is a favoured pastime of sheep and little lambs don’t appreciate it.
Luckily the introductions seemed to go off reasonably well. A bit of bullying from a couple of adolescent, not in-lamb, ewes but it passed very quickly and the lambs leaned to treat larger woollies with caution. Especially at feeding time. The two lambs stay well out of the way as the human carrying the hay and sheep nuts to the trough is swarmed, tripped, mugged and trampled.
Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. His novel – Resonance (Baen) – can be downloaded for free here. More information about his other work can be found on his BVC bookshelf .
Coming April 3rd: International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth. Forget Bruce Willis and his team of miners. Send for the kitties!