An Adopted Lamb: Sparky


Laura EverlyMost country folk think of baby farms animals, especially calves and lambs, as the first sign of Spring, right? Well, this country girl does.  I love watching the newborn calves and lambs bouncing around the fields.

What farmer hasn’t told at least one story about bringing a newborn calf or lamb into their kitchen to keep warm during the first couple of weeks or to give the little darlings a bottle of milk? The sobering fact of farming when this happens is usually because the cow or ewe didn’t accept her baby.

Here is an unusual, but true story about a little lamb we adopted from farmers.   This little lamb was a triplet.  He was the smallest of the three lambs.  During his fight to survive he broke his leg. Of course, it broke my mom’s heart when she heard about the little lamb.  What mom who had grown up on a farm wouldn’t be touched?

I didn’t know we had adopted a lamb until I called home while I was on vacation.  To my surprise while I was talking to my mom, I heard a loud baa…baa in the background.  When I asked why was I was hearing a sheep in the house, Mom happily informed me that there was a lamb in our bath tub.  Completely normal?  I had to think about this one. Once my mom told me Sparky’s story, really did make sense.

sparky the lamb

When I got home after my vacation, Sparky tried to run up to me.  I knew instantly why his name was Sparky.  He was so cute.

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