New Born Lambs And Sheep plus an alpaca too!
Photographing cute little Lambs
A lovely friend of ours has access to some farmland near Rye in East Sussex where they keep some sheep, chickens and a couple of alpacas. They kindly let me go and see the lambs just a couple of days after they were born, so very cute!!!! It was such a privilege to get to be up close to such beautiful animals as these lambs and sheep. My partner Helen and I also got to hold the lambs too, thank you so much Fiona for letting us visit, allowing me to take these photos and also taking the photos of Helen and I. The pictures of me (Dean Thorpe) holding the lamb were taken by Helen, but all the others photos were taken by myself. I am not a vegetarian or vegan, but I have considered it many times, especially after holding animals like these.
After mating, sheep have a gestation period of about five months, and normal labor takes one to three hours. Although some breeds regularly throw larger litters of lambs, most produce single or twin lambs. During or soon after labor, ewes and lambs may be confined to small lambing jugs, small pens designed to aid both careful observation of ewes and to cement the bond between them and their lambs.
Ovine obstetrics can be problematic. By selectively breeding ewes that produce multiple offspring with higher birth weights for generations, sheep producers have inadvertently caused some domestic sheep to have difficulty lambing; balancing ease of lambing with high productivity is one of the dilemmas of sheep breeding. In the case of any such problems, those present at lambing may assist the ewe by extracting or repositioning lambs. After the birth, ewes ideally break the amniotic sac (if it is not broken during labor), and begin licking clean the lamb. Most lambs will begin standing within an hour of birth. In normal situations, lambs nurse after standing, receiving vital colostrum milk. Lambs that either fail to nurse or are rejected by the ewe require help to survive, such as bottle-feeding or fostering by another ewe.
Information from: Wikipedia