Saturday, January 16, 2010
Serious Sheep is Serious
This is Aiden, he's a 2-yr-old "bummer lamb", an abandoned lamb. Generally, big range operations don't bother with caring for abandoned lambs and they are left to die from exposure. We have a lot of sheep farms near the sanctuary, so we get calls about bummer lambs a lot every spring. We agreed to take in the little 2-day-old lamb. It was nice seeing a sheep w/o a docked tail - most sheep breeds are born w/ tails. Anyway, after a severe battle with pneumonia, Aiden is a very healthy adult. He's also more dog than sheep - he knows his name and prefers human companionship over sheep. (All the sheep know their names, responding to them individually but few actually come running over).
The only dog he's ever liked is Mina who he will bestow with very gentle nose bops. Other dogs, he's highly aggressive towards. A few months ago, a neighbor's Border Collie came on the property, frightening the sheep. Aiden came charging out of nowhere and chased him off. He was quite ready to head butt that dog into the next century.