Farm Stories. Chapter 11. Sheep. Next Generation – Cheburashka.

Last winter our both ewes lambed. Roza lambed at the end of February with a baby-boy.
It was one of the coldest days in February . Edward-the-farmer ‍ came back home after his evening routine on the farm, and told Faya-the-guide that Roza-the-ewe is in pain, and it looks like she is delivering. We grabbed a blanket, hot water, paper towels and flashlights (as it was already dark) and rushed to the farm.
When we entered the barn, a little lamb was standing there at the common area, he somehow got out of the isolated Roza’s pen. We still don’t know how he did it.
 
Roza was screaming, calling her baby, but couldn’t reach him. Chickens were clucking, ducks were walking from one corner to another. Padric-the-ram was walking around, nervous and confused. It seemed he was asking a question: “what is going on here?” Faya-the-guide placed three hens on his back, and Padric calmed down a bit.
The little lamb was numb, he didn’t move and didn’t know where to go. Edward-the-farmer grabbed the little lamb, gave him to Roza, covered him with a blanket, helped him to find Roza’s udder and waited patiently till the little lamb started to warm-up.

Roza with her son

Roza with her son

 
He was so beautiful ❤️, our first baby on this farm! We named him Cheburashka. Why did we name him this way? Cheburashka is a character from a Russian cartoon who has very big ears . When our Cheburashka-the-lamb was born, he had such big ears too!

Cheburashka-the-lamb

Cheburashka-the-lamb

 

Roza-the-mom and Cheburashka-the-son got attached very strongly to each other. When Roza couldn’t see him for a split second, she would call him right away. He learnt to walk a big distance very soon, and we started to take him on a walk during our Winter Farm Tours for kids.
Our Cheburashka ran away when he was just 4 months old.
We had a hope that one day he will return home, similar to a legendary New Zealand sheep Shrek who ran away and came back home 6 years later covered by 30 kg of fleece!
And indeed. One month later our big boy came back. Everyone was so happy!

Cheburashka on the way home

Cheburashka on the way home

Back with his herd


Back with his herd

First day after being away

First day after being away