Just when we thought things couldn’t get cuter…
I guess twelve lambs bouncing around our pastures wasn’t cute enough for Violet — She gave me a present this morning, though not exactly all that welcome of a present. I found her out in the pasture with two lambs and it’s pouring down rain. I quickly made my way out there to bring her and the lambs in to the barn and as I was hustling along, I noticed the was tossing one with her horns. Not a good sign. I really don’t know why ewes sometimes reject their babies, but sometimes (they are sheep after-all) it’s for good reason; i.e. my parent’s found out their rejected lamb was deaf. Good call on the ewe’s part. But Violet — Saint Violet? The ewe who can do no wrong? Strange… So I tried a few times in the barn to get Violet to accept her baby, fed her so she was distracted and she wasn’t having it. I just had a sense that this was not going to work out so brought the little ram lamb home (his brother Victor is still in the barn being cared for by his mother).
“Larry Boy” as Annie has named him, has found house living quite comfortable. He is doted on my Hank and Annie and has warm bodies to snuggle with. He also gets fed a few ounces of milk every two hours and enjoys warmth and a dry enviornment.
And in all honesty, none of these photos were posed. What a better way to include Larry Boy in to our family than with a little movie time watching a Veggie Tales flick. I think he enjoyed it.
What do you think? House life is hard on the little booger eh?
Hank has taken to this lamb baby sitting business like he was made for it (which, I really think he was.) He bathes the lamb, cleans his bottom, and snuggles next to him. I just can’t wait to go outside this spring to call for, “Hank! Annie! Larry!” And watch people’s faces as my children arrive.
And once Larry Boy gets big enough and strong enough we’re going to move him out to the garden where there’s a nice sturdy fence and the Dudes will be his next door neighbors. House living, though comfy for Larry, won’t be tolerated by the adult humans around here for very long.