The first lamb of the new year.
Actually, he was one of twins – but the twin didn’t make it for some reason.
The morning after they were born, we found Nigel nearly frozen solid. My brother and I brought him in and immediately submerged him in a sink full of hot water. Mom came up and joined in the efforts. We massaged him in the hot water for nearly an hour before he began to show signs of life.
Nigel took up residence inside our home, since we were enjoying sub-zero temps that week, and since Mildred, his Mama had decided that parenting was not on her list of Cool Activities For The Hip Ewe To Do.
The first night, Nigel’s twin brother, Murray died fairly suddenly – apparently of some un-named disease.
Ignacio decided that we would take on the role of mother to the motherless.
Though Trux was pretty possessive as well.
Dan took Nigel out and forced Mildred to allow her son to nurse every three hours, ’round the clock for nearly a week. Actually, Jacob assisted with the daytime feedings, and Dan did the night shift.
After nearly a week of shirking her maternal duties, Mildred had a change of heart and re-assumed responsibility for the care of her offspring.
We were surprised and elated at this unexpected success! Now we are awaiting the arrival of the rest of the lambs…and hoping for a slightly easier process.