Category Archives: Animals

Water Buffalo: Breakfast!

The Water Buffalo pair at Middleton Place spend their nights in an enclosed paddock at the back of the stable yard area. I arrived one recent morning just in time to see them let out into their daytime space, and breakfast.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo, Mallard Pair

A pair of Mallards interrupted their morning stroll as the first beast skipped on by.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Yes, he was practically skipping with happiness.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Evidently he had the hangries!

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

Three Little Lambs, 3

I’ve now taken hundreds of pictures of the three little lambs investigating their world; here’s a selection from April 21st.

Three Lambs
Three Lambs

The moms know it is almost feeding time; the lambs — well two of them — have their interest piqued, too.

Three Lambs
Three Lambs

The lambs are now getting a share of their moms’ grain.

Three Lambs, Moms Eating Grain
Three Lambs, Moms Eating Grain

The lambs aren’t yet as diligent about getting their grain.

Lamb, Peaking Over Two Moms
Lamb, Peaking Over Two Moms

Just cute!

Lamb
Lamb

 

Single lamb was born on April 7th, and the set of twins was born April 9th.

 

Lambing Around

I visited the lambs at Middleton Place on April 17th and gave a chuckle when I saw this scene of the 9 day old cutie using snuggling up with mom.

Lamb Laying on Mother Ewe
Lamb Laying on Mother Ewe

A chuckle, not an outright laugh, because I could not spot the twin lamb.

Lamb Climbing on Mother Ewe
Lamb Climbing off Mother Ewe

After junior 1 settled on the ground for another nap I could just see another white tuft behind mom. Phew!

Lamb Using Mother Ewe As Pillow
Lamb Using Mother Ewe As Pillow

Junior 2 had been nestled in on mom’s other side.

Twin Lambs
Twin Lambs

She took a little stroll and it wasn’t long before they both hopped up to join her.

Twin Lambs and Ewe
Twin Lambs and Ewe

Sheep On The Lawn, Middleton Place

The sheep have free run of the lawn in front of the House Museum at Middleton Place.

 House Museum, South Flanker, With Sheep on the Lawn
House Museum, South Flanker, With Sheep on the Lawn

A brick fence keeps them out of the Azaleas and garden areas.

Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas
Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas

Most of the time the flock is pretty sedate, but occasionally one and then all will think they need to investigate something. Sheep, the original FOMO (fear of missing out) creatures.

Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas
Sheep on the Lawn, Azaleas

 

Three Little Lambs, 1

I’ve made numerous trips to see the sheep at Middleton Place over the last couple weeks, looking forward to the arrival of some lambs. April 5th was the official day the barnyard workers were giving for the four pregnant sheep in their care to deliver.

Finally, on April 9th, I found three lambs: one had been born on April 7th, and a set of twins had been born that morning.

Two Lambs with their Mothers
Two Lambs with their Mothers

The three lambs were pretty active and getting them all in one shot wasn’t happening. Notice the extra curly textured coat on the lamb on the right.

Two Newborn Lambs
Two Newborn Lambs

The families have been given a pen of their own, where they’ll stay for a few weeks. The rest of the flock spends nights in the pen on the left and days free-roaming the property; the Cashmere Goats are to the right.

Three Newborn Lambs
Three Newborn Lambs

The little ones mostly followed their own mother, legs a bit wobbly.

Newborn Lamb At Mother's Side
Newborn Lamb At Mother’s Side

They were also a bit curious about the humans watching them.

Newborn Lamb
Newborn Lamb

Cashmere Goat, Dinner Time

I stopped by the Middleton Place stable yard just as the Cashmere Goats were having their dinner.

Cashmere Goat, Feeding
Cashmere Goat, Feeding

One of the pair was plopped in the middle of their manger, hogging the hay and  taking advantage of a padded eating spot.

Cashmere Goat, Feeding
Cashmere Goat, Feeding

The standing goat went for a drink then shared his take on the situation.

Cashmere Goat
Cashmere Goat

Middleton Place Heritage Stable yard
April 5, 2021