At 6am I wake up and the first thing I want to know is are there any more lambs today? But I have to make myself wait until at least 8.30 before disturbing the sheep, because it doesn’t help if I interfere. This morning I was worried because I walked towards a new mum and her lamb and they didn’t get up when I approached. Mum opened her eyes and blinked but she looked exhausted. New lamb was lying flat with her eyes closed next to her but behind mum’s back, not on the side of the ‘milk bar’.
Concerned, I risked putting my smell on the lamb and quickly wiped over her nostrils to make sure she could breathe. She woke up with a start and blinked at me as if to say “Excuse me, who are you?” Relieved, I fed the flock and brought a handful of haylage over to new mum, carefully hidden from the others. She happily got up and munched. Later in the day I came back and sprayed the umbilical cord. Mum stood a couple of feet away and just watched, she didn’t even bleat at me, so I think she is just a really relaxed mum. Just as well: I’ve noticed that her horns are flat curved blades, like scimitars.
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