It’s become a tradition that we know (or at least hope) many of you look forward to each year. In April, the social media team rolls out what we have dubbed “Sheep Week.” And for five glorious days, you’ll get a dose of cuteness that’s bound to bring a smile to your face. (Because seriously, who doesn’t get just a little bit happier at the sight of our lambs?). And we always start… with a naming contest.
It’s the phone call our team looks forward to every spring—the one to announce the first lamb of the season has arrived. This year the word came from Director of Coach & Livestock Paul Bennett himself. And not only was it a girl… she had a sister! Twins are actually pretty common among Leicester Longwools. In fact, it isn’t unusual for every other birth to result in multiples.
When we pulled up to the stables, we were greeted by our former ox driver Lisa Carpenter and the two tiniest bundles of wool we’d ever seen. At the time of these pictures, the little ones were less than 12 hours old—so small, we couldn’t yet hold them as they were still too fragile. That was March 3, on a Thursday. By that weekend, they had moved to their new home in the pasture at the corner of Francis and Nassau Streets. And the girls were already becoming a social media sensation. Sherri Beaver shared this adorable picture with us.
As the duo started getting bigger—we quickly noticed these gals were full of energy—much more so than some of the other lambs who prefer to take long naps in the sun. You can stop by just about any time of day, and this sprightly pair is bound to be jumping and frolicking and hamming it up for the cameras.
Fred Blystone, local photographer and our resident sheep whisperer, has captured several moments where the girls are leaping in the air. The above shot is one of my favorites as they appear to be attempting a synchronized leprechaun kick!
In addition to being full of energy, these twins are quite inquisitive. While some babies tend to stay close to their mamas, these two have no problem exploring and will often come right up to the fence for guests to get some pretty great pictures.
Personality-wise, the siblings are very similar. Physically, we can tell you that one sister is just slightly bigger than the other. And while independent in many ways, the two rarely wander too far away from each other.
Okay. Now that we’ve formally introduced you to CW’s first lambs of 2016, we need your help! These adorable girls needs names… STAT! This will quite possibly be one of the easiest contests you’ve ever entered. All you have to do is leave your two name suggestions in the comment section below the blog.
You have until Wednesday at midnight to submit your entries. We’ll announce the winner at 9 a.m. Friday morning and if we pick your suggestions, you’ll win a pretty cool prize package!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to check what names have already been suggested since duplicate entries will not count. In addition to bragging rights, as the winner, you will also receive the following gifts: Two Multiday Tickets, a Leicester Lamb stuffed animal, a book about our Rare Breeds Program, a Colonial Williamsburg tote, and a special Making History travel coffee mug!
This year we’re bringing our Library and Corporate Archives department out of those stuffy rooms and out into the sunlight! We know they spend a lot of time buried in research, sifting through the wealth of Foundation history so we can share it with you. We think it’s time for them to make a little history of their own!
If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the blog. You don’t want to miss the big announcement. Again, you have until this Wednesday at midnight to enter. Good luck!
A special thanks to Dave Doody for all of the great pictures of the mama and her babies!