There’s a saying which the humans often quote. I think it’s a little bit mean, but it does seem to be accurate. It goes: “Question: How do you know when a Cotswold sheep is dead? Answer: It’s stopped eating.” It is true that we have a reputation in this department, and we are very good do-ers too – but of course it means that if one of us isn’t troughing away with great enthusiasm, then the humans have a real emergency on their hands.
This was the case this morning, when the little lamb Oberon didn’t finish his bottle of milk in one go. The vet was called, and came out straight away. Turns out that Oberon and his little bottle fed friends all have pneumonia – and there’s a lot of it about at the moment. Poor Oberon’s temperature was high, and he has a very rattly chest; it’s hardly surprising that he didn’t want to finish his breakfast. The weather, of course, is to blame.
The humans are trying hard to give us everything we need – we have a nice paddock to go out into, and shelters with lovely warm dry bedding to use when we want them, but lambs are very prone to this problem, and it looks like it could be a challenge for all the lambs, not just the bottle fed ones. The humans have made sure that the lambs have the right treatment (antibiotics and painkillers to get temperatures down) and hopefully all will be well soon. I’ll keep you posted.