Mouflons…

Our mouflon mommy, Esja lambed last night at around 3 a.m. and gave birth to two beautiful ram lambs!  She had no complications and I could have just stayed in bed,  ;D   but what fun would that have been?  I really *do* love playing midwife to a flock of sheep, even if they don’t need me there.  It never ceases to amaze me how at that moment of birth, when they take their first breath and wiggle to life, how precarious it truly is. 

This beautiful little guy was first, a moorit (brown) mouflon-7 lbs 10 oz.

This beautiful little guy was first, a moorit (brown) mouflon-7 lbs 10 oz.

According to the ISBONA (Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America) website:
 Lambs are vigorous at birth, a trait that has been shown to carry through in crossbreeding programs. The first lamb born will commonly be up and nursing before the twin arrives. Experienced mothers can have a lamb nursing even before it has gotten to its feet.
We have found this to be very true.  Last night Esja had her first lamb dried off and he had taken his first sips while she stood there and pushed the next one out!
Following was this black spotted mouflon, weighing in at 9lbs even!

Following was this black spotted mouflon, weighing in at 9lbs even!

Both guys have horn buds and the black spotted mouflon ram  are black and white, too neat!
Our first ever mouflons born in our flock!

Our first ever mouflons born into our flock!

Pepper is the sire of these lambs…
Our black grey spotted ram, Pepper

Our black grey spotted ram, Pepper

Maddie with a lamb...

Maddie with a lamb...

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