In the hallowed tradition of Livefeed Of Goats, here is LambCam. When last I checked the sheep were chewing on some grass, but who knows what stunning developments have subsequently transpired? ALSO: I know this week seems like it's going to be a bitch to get through, and that's because it is. Next week is all distraction and staying out late and running around drunk in anticipation of the holidays, and then after that it is clear sailing into 2014. But the five days we're looking at right now are going to be rough sledding. I want to offer you some words of encouragement, but [...]
"This transgenic lamb, bred at the Animal Reproduction Institute Uruguay (IRAUy), has an incorporated gene that makes it glow under ultraviolet light, according to scientists there."
"They're actually very clever in a 'sheepy' kind of way. They're not going to put a sheep on the moon, but sheep do remember faces, they recognize people and have long memories for complicated things. They're quite curious creatures." —Snarky Cambridge neurobiologist Jenny Morton throws water on any dreams of space travel that might have been harbored by the subjects of her recent study. Morton and her co-author Andrew King, of the University of London Royal Veterinary College, believe that sheep exhibit behavior consistent with evolutionary biologist W. D. Hamilton's "selfish-herd theory"—that animals gather in groups out of self-interest, rather than concerns for the group as a whole. [...]
"'There were three-legged lambs, one-eyed, but not six-legged, bisexual one. The lamb eats well, but moves with difficulty.'" There is video.
To Britain, where sometimes good things do happen: "Dotty the donkey from Scarborough is to receive a coveted PDSA Certificate for Animal Bravery after saving a sheep from a frenzied dog attack. Dotty and the sheep and Stanley will be accompanied at the presentation by owner Ann Rogers (63), who witnessed Dotty’s brave act." The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, a Knifecrime Island veterinary charity, is celebrating the rescue during which Dotty "'galloped in to save her friend Stanley the sheep from being savaged'… Poor Stanley lost two teeth and suffered facial paralysis but is now fully recovered. He now sleeps in the same stable as Dotty…" You [...]
I don't want to bring you down, but the story ends by noting that the farmer who found the baby deer "intends to feed the young deer through the winter as an amusing addition to his flock, but has not yet decided what he will do when the deer becomes an adult." So I can think of a couple of ways it's gonna play out, but none of them are all that great for the deer.
"You know how it is: You kill a sheep and it feels good. The power. You've got all the power. And you think to yourself, I killed that one sheep and it felt amazing, how great is it gonna feel if I kill a bunch more? And suddenly you come to in some Montana field, and it's two weeks later and you've killed 70 sheep and you're covered in blood and entrails, and you start to ask yourself, what am I doing? It used to be about the sheep slaughtering, the innocent joy of playing God with a helpless ruminant. Instead you're trapped in some senseless orgy of ovine depredation, [...]
Here you will find photos of sheep who have been dyed pink. The good news: "Sheep are practically colour blind and so would probably not notice if they or other sheep were pink."
Here you will find some photos of a sheep who thinks he's a dog.
"A Chinese farmer claims that one of his sheep has given birth to a puppy dog."
"How many rats does it take to put together a sheep?" —Before you click on that link think long and hard about why someone might want this information.
"An article about eating mutton (Golden oldies, 4 April, page 13, G2) referred to the disastrous effects of the prolonged winter on sheep farmers and their livestock but said 'resilient mutton are coping well'. A farmer points out that it is the sheep that are resilient; mutton is the meat that comes from them."
This sucker is blowing up out there on the Internet, but in case you have yet to see it, please do enjoy. That rabbit thinks he's a sheepdog! I could watch this all day! In fact, I just might. See you tomorrow, suckers!
"A ram which jumped a fence to breed with more than 30 ewes has become the star attraction of a rural centre in Northamptonshire. Staff at West Lodge Rural Centre in Desborough have delivered 15 lambs fathered by the 11-month-old ram – named Randy – and anticipate 20 more. Randy had been destined for slaughter but his exploits during his 24-hour escape in July have won him a reprieve." —Randy!
New Zealand counter-culture icon Shrek the Sheep has died, euthanized by a veterinarian because he was old and sick. Shrek became famous seven years ago, when it was discovered that he'd been hiding in caves since 1998 to avoid shearing. After his capture, his 60-pound coat of fleece was cut off on national TV, yielding enough wool to make 20 men's suits, and turning Shrek into a folk hero. He met Prime Minister Helen Clark and started a career in the nonprofit industry, raising over $150 thousand for children's medical charities. "He had an unbelievable personality," said his owner, John Perriam. "He loved children and he was really [...]