Was pretty excited to spot these twin lambs on our last walk in this part of my world.


And, check out this black-and-white lamb! Looks like it’s wearing a coat.


Amazing to see that the other side of it looks pretty much the same.


Thanks for looking. Stay safe.


Agricultural, sheep

Colourful lambs


Yesterday, on our walk down the side lane, I was excited to see a goat in the distance but, as we got closer, the single goat turned into a flock of sheep.


I stared at them, for ages, trying to decide if they were sheep or goats, or even both. It was the floppy ears that had me confused. Upon Googling, I found that sheep and goats can interbreed, but it’s rare for they have a differing number of chromosomes, presenting survival difficulties.

Below, this black sheep has a woolly coat and, by the longer bits on the shoulder, looks like it has not long shed. I learned that the top lip determines a sheep from a goat. Since this has a split top lip, it’s a sheep.


The division in the top lip is better seen in this next tan-coloured one. Their eating habits differ – a sheep grazes, as these do, but a goat eats bushes and twigs, stuff off the ground.


But look at the coat on that little spotted on at the back – not particularly woolly.   And then there are the tails. A sheep’s tail will hang down. A goat’s sticks up. In the end, I had to admit all of them were sheep – despite the gangly legs and floppy ears. Still, it’s great to have some new animals within easy reach of the Nikon D3000.

Thanks for looking. Stay safe.




How to tell a sheep from a goat?