Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face. – George Eliot
How true this is! I got to witness this when I went for a weekend trip with couple of my friends beyond Kanakapura Road in search of a new destination. On the way, we saw huge flock of sheep, cows and buffaloes feeding in a field. My friends who had got their drones, wanted to fly them and capture the scene. So we got down and they got busy with their drones. I, as usual, started looking for something interesting around. I saw that a shepherd was doing something with one of the sheep in the field. I initially thought that the sheep was injured and he was helping it out. Somehow, I couldn’t resist my curiosity and took my 100-400 lens to zoom and see what was going on. By the time I got back with my camera and lens, I saw that he had a lamb in his hand and put it down for the mom to take care of it. I was stunned and realised that I just missed witnessing birth of a baby!
Later I requested him to show the lamb and he got it closer for us to take pictures and watch them. While he was carrying the lamb, mom was following him eagerly (or afraid) of what this guy was about to do. He was such a nice guy, that he showed the baby to mom twice on the way to tell the baby is safe and he is not going to harm it. You can see the umbilical chord still hanging in the baby 🙂
This was my first time watching a just born animal and seeing the warmth of mother. That experience was something that cannot be explained in words. Here is a sequence of images I captured.
Lamb with its eyes opened for the first time after birth.
Mother was busy cleaning the baby the whole time we were there. She was also eating grass once in a while to ensure that she gets enough energy to take care of her baby.
Mom watching us when we went close and felt assured that we are not going to harm her baby.
Lamb was trying to stand up all the while and also ensuring that it is under the warmth of its mother.
We watched this amazing scene for sometime and then thought it was good for us to leave both the lamb and mom alone. The lamb had more to be cleaned up with the umbilical chords hanging out in both mom and the baby.
Obviously the lamb was finding its comfort staying close to the mom.
Here is a short video taken by Pratap J