Friday, 30 June 2017

Sheep, Lambs ... and a Sheep Coloured Pug


Sheep


We've had three of Will's ewes and their twin lambs (nine sheep) in our fields for months now, moving them from one field to the other alternately as the grass has needed time to recover.  Yesterday it was that awful day when the lambs were taken from their Mums, they were gently separated and before the ewes had even realised what had happened were driven away in the back of Will's van.

At first the ewes mooched about, ate a bit of grass and wandered around, then they realised that something was really amiss and started to get upset.  They ran from one end of the paddock to the other looking through the fences thinking that their lambs could not be far away. 

As a trio they checked under and around bushes, behind the manure heap, they looked in places no large lamb would ever fit, in much the same way that we search in ridiculous places when we have mislaid something.

When I went into the paddock with the dogs for our evening perambulation they came running over baa'ing at me as though asking me if had I seen their babies, or noticed anything untoward.  I petted them all on the head, something I can only usually do to one of them, the other two younger ewes being much more wary of anyone.  I apologised for the way of the world and the loss of their youngsters and I walked the dogs around the field as is our usual way. 

Pug

They followed for a few moments, paying even more attention to Suky than they usually do .... she is after all small and almost sheep coloured.  But they soon lost interest and went away mournfully chewing on the wet grass with the occasional glance in our direction.

Most definitely a Pug.

This morning however it was a different story, they had decided that Suky would do in the absence of their boisterous lambs and as soon as we stepped into the field they charged over like a pack of maternal maniacs focusing in on Suky who ran as fast as her little legs would carry her to the other end of the paddock.  The sheep followed and soon Suky was cowering while all three ewes gave her a very detailed once over before deciding that no, she wasn't going to drink their milk and they might just as well go back to eating grass and leave this very confused little sheep coloured animal alone.

We'll be back over there later, I think I'll take them a slice of bread each, it's a poor consolation for the loss of your babies, but at least they'll realise that someone cares ... and maybe they'll leave poor Suky in peace.

Sue xx

10 comments:

  1. I understand that it is the way things work but it's still sad. Poor Suky.

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  2. Oh how I covet that pug!!! I lost my own darling Algy (a black pug) many years ago and have since first had a German Short Haired Pointer and now for eight years my Border Terrier, but I never see a pug without wanting it!

    I am sure that by the week end the sheep will have forgotten they ever had lambs and will be enjoying life again (as will the lambs).

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  3. Poor Suky, fancy being mistaken for a lamb.

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  4. It has been a while since I have seen a side shot of Suky and she looks really good! She seems to have trimmed down quite a bit!

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  5. I hope the lambs were taken far enough away so that you couldn't hear them shouting as well!
    We always thought our sheep breathed a sigh of relief when their lambs were removed, no more being climbed over and butted right off their feet by the almost grown up lambs.

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  6. This is so sad and scary for them all.
    I have loved seeing the new view of your garden and happy to see you pop up on my reader.
    Suky is not a lamb she is a proud gud dug !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  7. I find this heartbreaking. It reminds me of when we lived on Anglesey and they took the lambs away from their mothers. The sounds the poor mothers made was so upsetting and I will never forget it and certainly would never ever eat lamb. I love the countryside so much, but I would never make a farmer's wife!!

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