sneaky sheep

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  1. catkins

    catkins Seedling

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    Two days ago, i took my youngest ( big wildlife fan) to see some baby lambs in a field not far from here, after much cooing and awwwwwwwing, we went to do the shopping.On the way back, when we pulled up at the field, all the sheep and lambs were gone! My daughter was horrified ( shes a vegetarian by the way) she was crying, telling me they had all gone to be "made into meat" I too felt really sad :(
    Then as we turned the corner, two fields down, there were all the sheep and lambs, in the neighbouring CAULIFLOWER field, scoffing as fast as they possibly could, in such a short time, a good half of the field had been obliterated!! I know its sad for the poor farmer , whose veggies they belonged to, but my daughter said " i bet the sheep have been planning a way to get into that field to eat them for weeks"I had visions of them all huddled together planning their escape, or maybe armed with some fence cutters, left around by a careless farmer!It was such a wonderful sight and made my day :-D :-D
     
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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    No offence to sheep-lovers but I happen to think sheep are among the stupidest group of animals on this earth. But maybe you have stumbled across some type of super-intelligent uber sheep Catkins. :eek: I'd bet they built a makeshift catapult and found the fattest sheep to jump on it to launch the lightest sheep (who incidentally had been training ala Rocky for the day of attack) over the wire fence.

    It's just that I can't see how a sheep would operate a wire cutters. They're all thumbs.
     
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    i love bugs The Weatherman of Craggy Island

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    :D I built my first house when I was 23 in the country , when it was finished I decided to make a really good lawn (thats what I specialised in ) as a type of advertisment. I spent weeks of my spare time preparing the gound , weeding and seeding and watering .It came up beautifully .
    :eek: One Sunday morning I awoke to hear the dreaded Baa sound outsde my bedroom window . Over 100 of them on my new lawn ( it had also rained that night )
    The farmer paid me 5 pounds compensation :( he could not understand why anyone would waste land putting down a lawn :D i can see the funny side now and we still remain good friends
    8) Bugs
     
  4. catkins

    catkins Seedling

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    I think sheep are wonderful creatures, its the calmness i like.Wouldnt want them in my garden though :D
     



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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    Ouch, that's harsh Bugs. The sheep respects no boundaries. I bet they would march on into Area 51 willy-nilly if they thought there was a lush green pasture awaiting them.
     
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    contrareeone New Seed

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    I'd take sheep over the horses that manage to escape their pastures here. 4 horses, 4 big feet each........gads what they can do in a hurry to my yard.
     
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    muddybob In Flower

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    Actually, scientists have decided sheep are not as stupid as we think. At least not in all ways. Now I don't know how they measured it but sheep supposedly are remarkable for recognition of faces. Sheep AND human faces. How many of us could easily recognise individual sheep faces? If we could we'd have no need of ear tags here on this farm. It is my understanding that facial recognition has a part of the brain all its own. And in the sheep brains it must be better developed than in ours.

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  8. reggaefan

    reggaefan Official Poet Laureate

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    When I was young (yes there was still dinosaurs then)I had a friend who suffered from Polio and he had a big male ram that he taught to pull him around in a wagon so I think sheep maybe smarter than we think and are quite tasty too.
     
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    cajunbelle Daylily Diva

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    Catkins, don't listen to Reggaefan about sheep being tasty, we do not eat sheep in our household.
     
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    muddybob In Flower

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    I don't eat sheep either. I eat lamb.

    muddy
     
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    CritterPainter Awed by Nature

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    ERK! You guys are aweful! Lambies serve two purposes, to be pets and wool to spin (which I also do, thank you very much!) My DH hasn't had lambchops since we were married!
     
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    reggaefan Official Poet Laureate

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    Did not mean to offend catkins I revoke my statement. Cajun Belle severely chastized me. I have not eaten any lamb since 1964.
     

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