Although I have never been fond of the damp chilly winds of Springtime in Northern Illinois, the rural scenery is amazing-- filled with fields dotted here and there with calves and lambs. Every once in a while, I have spied a little newbie only a few minutes old. *sigh*
Farmerboy's sheep Ariel gave birth two weeks ago. She had twin lambs-- a boy and a girl! :) Unfortunately, the little girl ran into some problems immediately after birth. As luck would have it, Farmergirl was there to give her some help. Ariel only cleaned her half way and was determined to get her out of the pen and in with her father, which would NOT be a good situation. Farmergirl finished cleaning her up and got her to nurse off of Ariel, but the little lamb had some major issues with her hind legs, and her Mom did not really want her around. So, a bottle of colostrum milk (very important for a lambs immune system) was retrieved from Ariel, and the little one was taken home for the night.
Ariel's little girl is named Alice. She was returned to Mom, after a long night of special care. So far, everything is going fine. Alice is learning to work with the problems in her legs with extra help from Farmergirl's Grandpa who is always getting her up and moving during the day. She had her first taste of the outdoors this weekend, and she would run a little ways then lock up and flop over exhausted. :) She is making great strides towards a healthy normal life. She is a beautiful brown color and as you can tell by this photo with Farmergirl... A little love can go a long way. :)
Not forgetting the new man in the pen... Here is Ace. I know, he looks a little tired from just entering this big world and greets you all with an enormous yawn! If you look on top of his head, the funny little spot to the side is one of his horns. He has such tiny little brown curls like his sister and was blessed to be born perfectly healthy.
Spring lambing season has come to a close for Lego and Ariel. It wouldn't be right to forget to give a little recognition to our Papa in the group, Brick. I am amazed, after looking at old photos, to see how much his horns have grown. He has turned into a handsome little ram. :)