In the last couple of weeks of August, this year’s beautiful lambs went off to their new homes and families.
Top header image: ‘Salt & Pepper‘ so named because of the dots of white on his grey / black speckled nose – from the start, a very alert chap. Also ‘Bryce‘ – a Scottish term for ‘speckled’; full of fun, leader of the gang, & clear winner of the ‘bouncing on the pampas grass’ challenge!
As always, the lambs truly did bring in the ‘Joys of Spring’ earlier in the year when they made their first faltering steps, and then, just a few wonderful days later, were running around in their dizzy gaggles like over excited nursery school children after a sugar filled party!
Each totally individual – in looks as well as characters.
Soay sheep are truly “like no other”!
Henry and Holly, his sister, were pretty inseparable from birth.
According to their new owner, they still are attached to each other with an invisible ‘twins’ bond!
‘Strike’, first image above, is an extremely striking boy – typical of a very smart, quick child whose small frame belighs the fact that he would undoubtedly have the answer first, and a cheeky quib delivered with the most charming smile! His new owner’s first feedback mentioned that she thought he was the quickest, and and very turned on – good to hear she’d got the measure of the group so quickly!
- The Soay has the most primitive appearance of any British sheep breed and takes its name from the island of Soay in the St. Kilda group.
- Soay means “sheep island” in Norse which suggests that there have been sheep on the island since at least the time of the Vikings.
- 107 Soays were transported to the island of Hirta in 1932, two years after the last human inhabitants had left and have been maintained as a feral population ever since numbering around 1500 sheep nowadays.
- Over the years Soays have been imported on to the mainland but remain rare.
- The feral population on the island of Hirta is the subject of a longterm scientific study, researching evolution, population dymanics and demography.
Soay facts from heritagelivestock.co.uk
Albert Einstein:“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”