Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lamb morning

This morning the phone rang a little early. It was our neighbours down the road saying one of their sheep was labouring and did we want to come watch? I had two takers, my younger two girls. The older two kids were still mostly sick with a head cold, and extra tired, so I left them in bed. I dosed myself with a coffee and then Fiona, Sophie and I headed down the road.

Little Lilac was having her first lamb. She was rather bewildered by the whole process, and by the end was getting pretty exhausted. The helpful small hand of one of the neighbour kids was called for and soon the forelegs had been well-grasped and gently pulled free. Lamb followed easily after that. Doesn't Lilac look relieved?

My kids were thrilled to have been there. The lamb was soon up on his feet, searching for that teat while mom obsessively licked him clean. We left them to bond and enjoy each other.

More lambs are expected soon, as is a calf. One of the lovely treats of spring in the country.


  1. Isn't it just amazing how quickly they stand up and nurse?

    Congratulations to the happy Mama Sheep.
    It sounds like your kids know what is worth getting up early for!

  2. What an amazing experience! Your children are so lucky!

  3. What a wonderful opportunity!

  4. That's beautiful! Thanks for sharing that experience with us! :D


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