We have this bizarre phenomenon going on at Wooly Acres right now. I have never seen it before and it reminds me of the movie in the title.
So what do we have here in this picture of beautiful pastoral peacefulness? A mom and her 3 babies! Except….that isn’t the mother. Brianna, the birth mother, is in the upper left. This is Colleen. She is Brianna’s baby from 3 years ago.
Colleen is licking the lambs, softly knickering to them in a way you only hear from the mothers, and nudging them back to her udder. And believe it or not, they nurse. I can’t imagine they are actually getting anything because Colleen has not only NOT given birth, but I cannot confirm she is even pregnant. But they suck for a little while.
Here is what I am trying to figure out. Do we have a case of sweet Auntie Colleen trying to be a mother’s helper, helping out with the triplets? Keep in mind, normal behavior is for a ewe to push away a lamb that is not hers. Or, like Rebecca De Mornay in The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, do we have a psycho nanny, secretly nursing her employer’s baby in order to steal away it’s affections to make up for the loss of her own baby?
Colleen is not acting aggressively toward Brianna or babies, though she defends them from the butting goats. And when Brianna (birth mother) calls, the lambs come running for the Big Gulp. So I don’t think there is any danger but it sure is weird. Any sheep raisers out there with some insight?