Lamb ER … And Why Chocolate IS Good For You

With Europe shivering in the coldest spell for decades – yesterday we woke up to -12°C and never got above -6°C – I thought I’d post a little bit of Spring sunshine.

And what could be springier than lambs?

But first an explanation as to why that poor lamb is wearing bandages. He was the last of three triplets produced by one of our ewes in April 2009. He was smaller than the others and later that morning we noticed he was having difficulty walking.  Both his  front legs were knuckling over so he was walking on his wrists. This happens from time to time – no one’s completely sure of the reason but if you splint the legs the muscles can often strengthen and the lamb can be back gambolling splint-free in a week or so. The only problem is finding a splint.

The best are those wooden sticks you find in ice creams/ ice lollies, but we didn’t have any in the house so…

We had to drive into town and buy a pack of Magnum chocolate covered ice creams and – for medical purposes only – consume two as quickly as possible. The things shepherds have to do for their flock:) Then it was a matter of catching Limpy and binding the splints in place with a bandage.

He made a full recovery and was bouncing off all four feet with his siblings within a month. Yay!

And now … even more cute lamb pictures…

And here’s a remarkable lamb cross rabbit (labbit?) Note the rabbit ears and how, a few months later – second from the right below – he exhibits a remarkable similarity to Gus Honeybun – a TV rabbit from the 60s and 70s.




Lamb ER … And Why Chocolate IS Good For You — 7 Comments

  1. No lambs here on Mt. Hood. But we have deer. We had our entire winter in 2 weeks. 40 feet of snow in 14 days in some of the ski areas. I’m well below that, but we did have 18 inches, and entire winter’s worth, of the white stuff in 3 days. Followed by a pineapple express where half the Pacific Ocean got dumped on our heads in less than a week. Something like 15 inches of rain.

    The local deer babies didn’t show up until well into June last summer, we usually catch glimpses of spotted fauns in May. Their spots fade with 60 days. Took 90+ days this year.

    What’s up with the weird weather.

  2. My parents had a newborn calf with the same problem. Splinted the ankle and it was better after a week or two. Those are really cute lambs. Stay warm up there.

  3. Your job is so much fun. I know you guys work your tails off, but the variety must keep it interesting.

    And you get a petting zoo of your own! Are they all for wool, or will one of them be named Lamb Chop (and not in honor of…?)

  4. In the US there is a bit of a revival in Spinning happening and people looking for local wools. If you have fleeces you might look on to see if there are Spinners looking for fiber in your area. There does seem to be several groups listed for France. Over here people will often drive the extra mile to get fleeces.