Long before I stopped eating meat altogether I had stopped eating lamb (and duck) because I was already starting to piece together the link between the adorable animal and the food on my plate. I think it’s the same for most people that the connection is first made through the “cuter” animals.
As today is Easter Sunday I thought I’d put together some fun facts about these sweet and gentile creatures for you to enjoy 🙂
- A lamb will recognise it’s mother based on the mother’s bleat.
2. Lambs wag their tails when they’re happy.
3. They have best friends.
4. They answer to their own names.
5. Their thick woolly coats protect them from both the cold and the heat.
6. The gestation period for a sheep is 5 months.
7. Lambs form a big leaping playful gang that bounce around causing mischief. Farmers (not factory farmers though, obvs) will often invest in a guard llama to act as babysitter for them, as llamas bond with the sheep and are big and scary enough to deter foxes and other predators.
8. Sheep can remember up to 50 faces (both human and sheep) and have a keen recall of any unpleasant experiences they’ve suffered.
9. The typical lifespan of a sheep is 10-12 years (lambs are slaughtered from as little as 5 weeks old).
10. They are considered to have a similar IQ level to cattle and are nearly as clever as pigs.
11. Sheep can be gay.
12. Thanks to their large, rectangular pupils, sheep can see behind them without turning their heads.
13. Research in New Zealand has shown that the methane from the flatulence of a single sheep could power a small lorry for 25 miles a day.
14. New Zealand, Mongolia and Australia all have more than three times as many sheep as people.
15. President Woodrow Wilson kept a flock of sheep on the White House lawn.
16. Sheep are known to self medicate when they are ill. They will eat specific plants that can cure them.
Happy Easter, everyone! What’s for dinner?
How about trying this Jackfruit Pie from Soy Division? Maybe these Sweet Potato & Sauerkraut Peirogies from Hot For Food? Maybe you’re in the mood for Quesadillas, these black bean ones from Guac & Roll are amazing. This Katsu curry from Pretty Good London looks divine too.