Sunday, 31 March 2013

Sheepish...

Sketch 47 of 75

Did you know that if a sheep rolls over onto her back, especially if she is heavily pregnant, she may not be able to get back up on her feet again because her back is sort of flat like a table, and that there's a danger she could die?? No, me neither.  But it's something I was told recently by a woman from a farming family who works in the animal shelter where I volunteer.

So, yesterday morning, we were sitting at the dining table having breakfast and gazing out to the fields and hills behind our house, watching the many little birds who come to gorge at the bird feeders and watching the sheep mooching about in the fields, many of them fat and slow with lamb.  Next thing, I noticed one lying on her back, legs sticking up in the air.  

Of course, I immediately got all concerned and went into animal rescue mode, telling S and his family, who are here visiting for a week, that we needed to urgently turn her over or she would die!  Strangely they didn't seem to share my concern and weren't really picking up on how serious this could be for the sheep.  

We were still in our pyjamas so I rushed off to throw some clothes on, deciding to drive to the farm, worried that by the time I walked/ran down the lane it would be too late (not being sure how long exactly the sheep has before it expires).  My brother-in-law's car was blocking mine in so I roped him into driving me round to save time.  

We zoomed off down the farm lane. The farmer meanwhile was trundling towards us in his tractor and because it's a single dirt track he had to back up as we drove towards him on our mission to save the sheep. I leapt out of the car, in a style reminiscent of all good 'we only have seconds to save the world' moments in any movie ever made and befitting the life or death-ness of this  situation, ran over to the farmer in his tractor and explained that I lived in the cottage by his fields and that one of his sheep was lying on her back which I'd been told is dangerous.  He confirmed that indeed it was and thanked me for letting him know.  

I got back into the car feeling super pleased that I had surely helped to save a life, only to notice that as soon as the farmer had gone into the field all the sheep had started walking towards him thinking he was coming with food, including the one who had been on her back apparently unable to right herself!! I returned to the house, where S and the others had been watching the whole thing unfold, feeling slightly sheepish!

My other post this week is here:

                 The Case of the Disappearing Hat





24 comments:

  1. I love this story! I could really imagine everything you described very well including you saving the world in your pyjama! Especially the "Happy End" of the story made me laugh so much! Thank you for this lovely Easter tale! Your animals are lovely too! This little Orangutan baby looks so cute as the baby sheep does! Happy Easter to you too!

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  2. great story, and i would have done the same thing! I wonder how the sheep got back up?? Cool sketch this week too! Happy Easter!

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  3. Oh that is funny hahah! I really appreciate for in our backyard we have a number of sheep that have given birth recently. While I did not know about that fact (being new to farming) I can well imagine that it could be serious.
    Love the sketches!

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  4. well I still think you did the right thing, one never knows! I wish you had video to go with this, lol Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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  5. Great post ~ glad the sheep was okay ~ Your sketches are fantastic! ~ Happy Day to you ^_^

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  6. I got a good laugh from this story, just imagining you dashing off to the rescue, and the the sheep jumping up to get a snack. Glad you were watching out.
    The baby orangutan is so danged adorable I can hardly stand it. If you were to draw a piglet and a baby orangutan playing together, we might all faint from the overload of cuteness.

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  7. hahahaha you made me laugh because of how you told us this story! I knew about this and I am glad you went to the rescue because if you hadn't she may have stayed in that position. It's amazing what the thought of can make you do, I can do any trick for chocolate :)
    Happy Easter!
    ManonX

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  8. Thanks for a great story! haha! Reminds me of how I think too when it comes to rescuing animals. And those two babies, they are sooooo cute!!! I melt! Happy easter to you!

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  9. wow, great story! It's funny that the sheep didn't really need saving LOL! I live next door to a pasture full of cows though I've never had a chance to experience anything remotely dramatic such as this - just a lot of grass chewing! Your drawings are so beautiful and masterfully done too! love this

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  10. Oh great story, thanks for the laugh! I never heard about that, good to know in case... The orangutan is adorable!

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  11. Your orangutan is so cute. Makes me want to jump in and hugs him. hee hee Thanks for sharing with us again this week. :)

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  12. An orangutan baby, too adorable x Good for you for raising the alarm, you just never know do you? xxx

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  13. I really enjoyed reading your story. I probably would have done the same:) And your sheep drawing is a perfect end to the experience.

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  14. Oh those naughty sheep. Don't have that problem with chickens.. ;) Happy Easter

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  15. Sheep are such funny animals aren't they? Many's the time they've stood in the middle of the road in front of my car completely oblivious to the danger they might be in.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  16. Your story made me laugh, that orangutan looks as if he is giggling too!

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  17. Oh goodness!! Hahaha I laugh hard because you pretty much described something I would do!! :)

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  18. Didn't know that, I sure love your sheepish art, you rock.

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  19. Well, you're still a hero if effort and intention count for anything! My husband and I were raised in a big city, moving to our country home nearly twenty years ago. We have had many such adventures. They are always fun stories to retell! Your sketch is amazing...a real inspiration!

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  20. Im so sorry I missed your last post! But I loved it! I have just been so busy this weekend what with driving all the way up to Pickering, Yorkshire to look at puppies!
    Anyway - this post really made me chuckle. We are so alike because I would have done exactly the same as you! And Paul would have been watching me, laughing! :0)

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  21. Lol! Great story to tell. At least you did something just in case. Love your drawings! That baby monkey looks adorable!

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  22. you have such a wonderful way with lines....love your latest illustrations!!! well done!!!!

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  23. Lovely story, Nic, you ought to script it and send it to the BBC Writers Room I'm sure it would find a home there!

    I haven't been able to keep up with you, due to my world spinning around in the wrong direction to Scotland.

    I think I saw a picture of your new home - looked great. Hope you are both happily settled in!

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  24. I didn't know that about sheep but, if I had, I would have done the same as you. Your orangutan sketch is adorable! I'm hoping to adopt one very soon. :)

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