|Ewe with four lambs at Lough Finn|
|Lambs at play in Donegal|
Sheep and lambs rushed to the gate, bleating very loudly indeed. I know that all animals are more protective when they have young but I had the gate between me and them to save me from any possible "attacks". Any noise, like banging against the gate, made them take a step back but on lady (sheep) was not for turning and came right up to the gate, almost daring me to enter.
|"Who ewe lookin' at?!"|
The lambs, being young, soon lost interest in the human at the gate and recommenced their play but the mother sheep continued to stare, taking their lead from the chief honcho out-front. The noise at this stage was almost deafening by the way. Ovine yelling of "GO AWAY OR ELSE!" I imagine they were bleating.
As I stood enjoying the aggression, that I know for a fact would have dissolved in all but the head honcho had I braved entry to the field and made a lot of noise.
A van drove up beside us and I knew he had to be the owner checking his flock. He was. He said he had to more or less continually, day and night, check his flock until all the lambs were born. He had lost a couple of lambs during the birthing process in the past couple of days. I never realised before that they needed so much human support to ensure a safe delivery of their young.
I pointed out the leader of the pack (flock) and we were laughing about her as she continued to hold her defensive stance. I said she was so aggressive and bold compared to the rest and he confirmed that she was indeed the one who would "attack" interlopers and was very protective of her flock.
So next time you see a field of sheep and lambs and think you would be safe to approach because you can't see a ram, remember this ...
|... the female is more deadly than the male!|
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