25 comments on “A special boy

  1. What a lovely story Shannon! Sorry tho’ that Holly’s had such a rough time. When I read the story it reminded me of Ringo last year who was always looking out for his sister – an incorrigible escape artist who marched to the beat of her own drummer and paid no attention to where the flock were. He was always checking up on her (from the right side of the fence) and bleating in distress until she was safely corralled with the rest of them (then he paid her no attention, being off doing boy stuff). Not quite to the level of a “seeing-eye” sheep but I think it’s pretty amazing how smart and nurturing Jacobs are

    • I can see Ringo doing that. He has such a nice temperament, a gentle guy. Willing to stand up for himself, but not one to start fights. Freedom sounds like a character!

  2. It really is these small miracles that make life so much extra special! I just love how you see them, S! Thanks for sharing them with me.

  3. That is AMAZING! Wow, what a story and what a boy! Is he wethered yet? So cool to see the compassion in the animal kingdom, we could all certainly learn a lot here.

  4. This brought tears to my eyes, Shannon! Thanks. I just wouldn’t be able to part with him. I’d have to castrate him and keep him and call him “Hero”. I guess castration would be interpreted by him as a punishment however. 🙂

  5. Wow Shannon. I would have had no clue that they would act this way. Ours always seem to have little need for mom outside of feed. What a moving story.

  6. Wonderful story. What a smart lamb. I’ve had my share of problems this year and it has really shown me (up close and personal) how intelligent these Jacobs are. They understand so much more than we sometimes give them credit for. Very intelligent creatures. Thanks for sharing.

  7. They are very intelligent indeed 🙂 Ector has a flock of crossbred girls waiting for him, so we won’t be castrating him. My suspicion is that once Holly’s lambs are weaned, she will regain her eyesight. Only time will tell! For now she has her wonderful son to watch out for her and he won’t be going anywhere for quite awhile!

  8. Sorry about the sickness it is always hard to handle these things. I can’t wait to let my cows out in green pasture I love watching them run and run and kick up their heels. Soon OK a couple months but soon. B

  9. We had a goat with polio, and while the eyesight took a *long* time to recover, he is functionally sighted (not sure if it’s fully sighted, but he can see enough to get around, eat, follow the other goats, etc). They do compensate very well with no eyesight though, so it is easy to think their eyesight is back when it really is not. We thought the goat had his eyesight back but his pupils were non-reactive, meaning he had no eyesight. Good luck with her! Thiamine supplementation and roughage should help!

  10. This just made me cry. I too have witnessed the loving relationship between mom and baby. She certainly is a lucky mom. I do hope the treatments and time continue to help her recover.

  11. This is the sweetest story and brought tears to my eyes. Animals never cease to amaze me–they surprise us over and over again. I would say he is a very special boy–a little guardian angel ram lamb 🙂

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