Little Shaft, against all sheep sense, got tangled up this morning in a blackberry bush. I had morning treat out and he wasn’t there with all the others, he was up the hill quietly getting rained on and struggling with the stupid bush. I had to cut yet more branches out of his fleece, and I thought he was knotted up, but he was actually just stuck to the root of the bush. I was able to cut that out with the trimming shears pretty easily and then he ran away, shaking himself out and joining the rest of the flock.
I am going back out in an hour or two to see how he is doing, if he can run on both back legs, he was blessedly not stuck very long, maybe an hour or so. He is so silly, this weekend we have to make yet another pass at his fleece to get the little bits out. Shearing is not an option because he needs the length to keep the bramble from cutting him. The crazy part is that there isn’t much bramble! He just gets tangled in the very few bits that are in that pasture. We may need to take the brush mower out anyway, though. We’ll see after we catch up on hoof trimming and fleece trimming. Again, this very stupid little lamb has an excellent, soft, water-resistant fleece. I marvel endlessly as I cut little bits out because they’re attached to blackberry branches. Better the bramble’s in the fleece than his skin, of course.