The sheep that belong to our across the road neighbors have been busy lambing! The little ones are so light on their feet - just springing and bouncing every which way. However, they are like their stodgy parents in that they are cautious about strangers approaching from the other side of the fence and would have nothing to do with me. Actually, this photo shows them retreating from my approach.
The sheep seem to be a mix of breeds, and even though we love the color of the brown wool on the big guy, we suspect these critters are more for meat than for fiber, poor babies. For instance, some of them have been marked with a colored dye, which doesn't seem like the thing to do if you were primarily interested in harvesting their wool. But, then again, we don't know much about keeping sheep.
It is funny to see the undocked tails of the young'uns, something I'm not used to seeing. The first time I noticed those long tails, I did a double-take as I had forgotten that most sheep don't have naturally stumpy tails. (I'll save the "dock or no-dock" argument for those who know about such things.) The best part about the lamb tails is watching them waggle madly whenever the happy lambs enjoy an opportunity to nurse!
We're not the only ones who enjoy watching the wee lambs. We've seen our donks Molly and Ambrose gazing at them, transfixed, from across the way. Maybe their sheep guarding instincts were kicking in?