I let Nova back out with the ewe flock today. It took approximately 45 seconds for Angel to pick a fight with Nova. The baby wasn’t sure what to make of this new activity.
“I’M the BOSS!”
“Whoa, what’s going on??”
I was a bit worried Angel would attack the baby, but as soon as she noticed him behind Nova she freaked out and took off running in the opposite direction. Apparently an irrational terror of newborns is hereditary; Mira reacted to newborn Angel exactly the same way.
Pardon the shaky footage, Angel was pawing at my leg.
Baby wasn’t sure he really wanted to go in the yard. His tree cave didn’t seem so bad in hindsight. He was very curious about the gate. That gate had never ever been open before, and he wasn’t sure how that happened. He pushed it with his forehead a few times, just to make sure the gate knew he was keeping an eye on its shenanigans. Then Nova decided to come demand crunchies from me and he had to come with her.
“Hi! What’s the big deal about you?”
He came right up and sniffed my hand, while Angel hid behind me and pawed at my back to signify her displeasure. I should only pay attention to her, not to terrifying baby lambs.
“Do you have any milk?”
I tried to move the camera down to take a picture from a lower angle, but when I took the camera strap off my neck the little guy jumped up in the air and ran around behind his mother. Apparently he didn’t realize the camera was removable. ShepherdPerson isn’t supposed to have detachable parts like that, he says.
With him hiding behind his mom, Angel felt safe enough to peek around me and yell at him for being so scary.
“You stay away, ScarySmallSheep! All the crunchies are mine! I’m the boss!”
Once she was sure he was gone, she ran off to bolster her dented confidence by starting round 426 of her war with Mira.
“Don’t think I’m not the boss, just because I got scared of the ScarySmallSheep!”
Eventually everyone settled down to graze, with a wide gap between Nova and the others. Baby was disappointed that the yard trees had no lamb-caves in them, but at least he still has his mom to climb on.
“I think I like this new place, Mama!”
Lambs and wildflowers make a perfect spring picture.