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Adopting little lambs

Submitted by Solneige on Apr 5 2017 - 21:12

Marie, who is helping us out in the kitchen, is actually the sheep farmer of Pourchery. In a big barn, just around the corner, she keeps 300 sheep, of which 200 are pregnant at this moment! Since about three weeks, things have been very busy: each day six to ten little lambs are born. And there is something special this year; there are a lot of twins. Most of them with one classic white lamb and one brown, white-headed lamb. But sometimes it does not work out and the mother abandons the little ones or does not have enough milk. Together with Inèz, our intern, Therese has now “adopted” three little lambs. They are raised with a bottle of milk, and we keep them happily together in the shed. We are giving them a bottle of milk four times a day. At first, they did not get the hang of it, but now it seems that the bottled milk tastes good and the three are bleating when we enter the shed. Meanwhile, we have given them names and they see us as their mother. As soon as we open the door, they come running towards us and follow us like little puppies. The bottles are empty in no time, followed by some hopping around and sniffing the hay. Next week they will be released into the meadow! We are excited to see them running around in the field. And we know for sure that they will rush over when we call them: “Moquette, Brownie and Flocon!” Aren’t they sweet?

 

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