A birth in our garden is good news.
The lamb was born on March 26th and everything went well. It starts to jump around and bleat after the pigeons!
Mehdi Terry, the gardener's manager, is taking care of this newborn lamb.
During these visits, every two days on the site, he feeds the Soay sheep or the mouflons... whatever the newborn and its parents are called.
It remains physically similar to the wild ancestors of domestic sheep, the Mediterranean mouflon and the horned urial sheep of Central Asia. It is much smaller than modern domesticated sheep but hardier, and is extraordinarily agile, tending to take refuge amongst the cliffs when frightened. Soays may be solid black or brown, or more often blonde or dark brown with buffish-white underbelly and rump, a few have white markings on the face.