I should have known better than to brag about how peaceful things were. I jinxed myself.
The other day two of my least aggressive sheep, Lana and Bran, got into an epic battle that didn’t stop even when I put Bran off by himself in the lambing pen/sick room/penalty box in the barn overnight. Usually a night in separate stalls is enough to make sheep forget whatever their quarrel was, but apparently not this time. Bran was going crazy and wouldn’t stop chasing Lana around, so I had to put him over with the boys for a while.
The boys certainly gave Bran a taste of his own medicine. Duke was surprisingly indifferent, but the Dukelings, Johnny, and Jeb(!) chased Bran all over the field until they were too tired to run anymore. The Dukelings were ecstatic, this is the most excitement they’ve had in ages!
The day was gloomy, and in order for the pictures to be light enough I had to turn the shutter speed down until the pictures started blurring, but they still turned out better than I thought they would.
The Dukelings kept up as best they could, but they started falling behind by about the fourth or fifth lap. Johnny stayed right on Bran’s tail the whole way.
Jeb kept stopping about halfway down the hill, and rejoining the chase when they’d pass him on the way back. I’m surprised he joined in at all, he’s not usually aggressive. Must have been something in the air that day making all the calm sheep go crazy.
One of the Dukelings got clever and decided to wait and ambush Bran on the way back. He discovered that when a fast-moving large object meets a fast-moving small object head on, the small object tends to go flying. He wasn’t at all discouraged, just got up, shook himself, and took off again.
“Stop chasing meeee!”
And off they go again…
“Stop… *huff-huff* chasing… *puff-puff* me…”
Finally they all got tired and decided to just stand around and pose intimidatingly at each other instead of all that running.
“My name is Apple Stop That and I’m the boss of this entire field! Don’t forget it!”
I don’t think Bran believed him, but he was too tired to argue. Once they could all breathe properly again they settled down and now they’re all getting along for the most part. I can’t imagine that Bran has any more pent up aggressive emotions left to vent, but it won’t hurt him to stay with the boys for a while anyway.