Emma, our newest lamb to the farm, has been by herself since the day she was born. We bottle fed her so she had human contact every day but she didn’t have any animal friends. Emma’s been down in the pig pen since we weaned her so she could be close to the group of animals she would eventually be living with – Britches- the Boer goat, Sir Loin and Edward- the cows…
and Sage and Rosie- the sheep.
The problem with bottle fed babies is, when they see a human, they think they need to “talk” with them and convince them to come and spend time.
I have to say that Emma is the LOUDEST sheep we’ve every had! At first it was quite comical. She could bleat the loudest and longest of any animal. Only problem – she wouldn’t stop and it would go on and on. One time Emma did have her head stuck in the fence so the incessant bleating was warranted but that’s not the norm.
I’d had it this last week and asked Mae Mae to put her in with the other animals, it was time.
Mae Mae told me that as soon as Emma entered the other pasture, Sir Loin took her on as his own. Any time Britches tried to get close, Sir Loin would get in between and push him away from Emma. Britches finally got the hint and left her alone. That night, Sir Loin tried desperately to be close to Emma so they could sleep near one another but Emma kept running away. Eventually, Emma settled by the group and Sir Loin was content.
When it was raining the other day, Emma was in this small shed we have in their pasture and Sir Loin was guarding the entrance.
I find it fascinating watching how animals will interact with one another, especially different species. More than once, I’ve seen the older cows protect the younger animals, no matter what type they were.
One time, a stray dog got into the pasture and the younger goats all ran to the biggest cow and got underneath him while the cow was swinging his horns at the dog!
Emma still goes a bit ballistic with her bleating when she sees a human exit the house but at least it doesn’t last as long anymore. She has other animal friends and that makes life a whole lot better….
and she has Sir Loin who has taken it upon himself to protect her and watch over her.