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lola and chloe

Lola, the little three legged lamb, is growing so fast, I can see changes every week.

On Saturday at the sanctuary Terry was giving a tour to a couple and Lola followed them until they got down to the chicken barn. Where, of course, Lola hopped right inside, right where she shouldn’t be! Terry put the chicken food bowls where Lola couldn’t get to them (chicken food, and any grain, is extremely dangerous to goats and sheep – if they eat too much it can kill them), and picked up the squirming and not-so-light Lola to put her on the other side of the short fence.

Not that Lola (or the chickens, for that matter) can’t get right over the fence if she wants, but they do all seem to respect that boundary to a degree.

Lola stayed with Dave and I after Terry and the guests continued on the tour. I kept an eye on Lola as she spent some time happily laying near the chicken barn and munching on the grass and clover she found there. At one point she was grazing near the bunny barn section, and one of the bunnies, Chloe, was really curious. She stood right up on her back legs to say hello to Lola. It was a very cute moment.

lola and chloe

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4 responses to “lola and chloe

  1. Kelvin Kao July 8, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Ahaha. Very amused by that picture. =)

  2. Deb July 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    🙂 Glad you like it! I’m pretty sure Chloe was like “yummm, clover breath!” I brought Chloe some grass and clover later, which she happily accepted!

  3. Lenn July 9, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Lovely, precious picture! I’m so glad you always have your camera ready to go.

    Is Lola growing into her one front leg? Is it helping that her single front foot is able to develop gradual strength with her growing body (as opposed to suddenly having full adult weight on a newly single front foot)? And what is that yellow, rectangular thing on Lola’s ear?

  4. Deb July 9, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks Lenn! It was quite a bit of luck on that one – wasn’t ready the first time, the second time the angle was all wrong, but thankfully there was a third time!

    I do personally think that Lola is better off for having lost her leg so young. It could likely be argued either way – certain muscles maybe won’t develop fully since she had almost no time in her short life to walk and run and move four-legged. Yet, I still think that she’s better off with her body having a chance to develop the three-legged muscles she now needs, starting from when her body weight isn’t much of an issue. In that respect is is probably a good thing that she’s so quickly gotten beyond a comfortable carrying weight! Not that she was ever eager to be carried – the opposite!

    Dave and I got her to go up to the house where it was shaded and more comfortable for her not too long after this picture was taken, and the best way to get her to do that was for both of us to jog – herd instinct took over and she ran to keep up. She could run SO much faster than me! She’d stop every 10 feet or so and wait for me to catch up. lol.

    So she’s really doing well. All we can do is hope for the best, and not baby her too much I suppose!

    As for the yellow rectangular thing, it is an ear tag. A lot of the animals that come from farms or other institutions where ear tags for identification are used arrive with ear tags. They generally get taken out the next time the vet is at the sanctuary, or the next time that particular resident needs to be taken to the vet. I hope it gets removed soon – it is so undignified, isn’t it? Poor girl.

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