Oh Sven, you just make my heart go pitter-pat. If I were a female sheep, I'd be following you around with my tongue hanging out. You just make one little "bleat" and I come running to make sure you're alright. It's clear, you have me wrapped around your little hoof.
Seriously, what's not to love about this lamb?
I love all our lambs of course. This has been our first year of lambing and it has been exciting and thrilling and entirely fascinating. I had never watched a lamb being born before, never held a newborn lamb that was still wet from birth, never participated so closely in their care. Even though I did bottle feed a couple of lambs as a child, this spring has been just remarkable in terms of what I've learned about sheep, lambs, and fleece! Here's the crew of 2009 lambs - Sven and Bramble in the middle, Calypso and Clipper both to the left, and Rocky and Bullwinkle front and right.
Even so, there is always one lamb that stands out. Sven's little sister, Bramble, is adorable because she's so tiny and sweet. But Sven himself is bewitching. His shape is so square and solid - you can already see that he's going to be a lovely adult ram. He is always with Bramble! Here they are, sleepy in the sun.
His face is very symmetrical and well shaped, with those horns just bursting out already. I think his face will just get more beautiful as he becomes an adult. I hope his horn set is good!
His fleece is gorgeous - he came out jet black, but his "sugar lips" gave away the grey trait, and now it is beginning to show. He will have a gorgeous soft grey fleece, perfect for spinning!
So, much as I love all my 2009 lambs, I think Sven is my favorite so far in terms of his overall appearance and traits. Of course....we're still waiting on the ever-huge Kitkat.
I'd love to know what other Icelandic sheep owners think of my Sven!