Our 13.5 year old Shetland wether Coco died today. We was standing oddly this morning. I went to move him into the barn, and he had a seizure. I knew this was not a good sign so we got him into the barn. He did not have a fever so I tried to give him some nutritional support. He was standing but not much else and shortly thereafter was dead. He was fine yesterday, eating well so at least it was a brief illness. But I am still quite sad. He was a nice sheep with beautiful moorit wool. He will be missed.
Above is when he was 2 months old, and below he was 4 years.
And below are both from when he was 9.
He looks a lot like our Browning, whose wool I am knitting with right now. I am sorry you lost him, and hope you have some of his wool left to spin into yarn.
Thanks Michelle! I do not have any of his raw wool left but have many projects done with his wool in it.
What a handsome boy! Sorry for your loss.
Thanks Elsie! He was a handsome boy, wasn’t he?
Oh- so sorry Donna! I think I have his fleece from last spring-
Thanks Denise! Maybe if you have some leftover when you are done, I could take some. Like we did after Spike died.
I think it’s all washed and carded, but I’m pretty sure I’ve still got some in stash. Will try to find it before I come over for shearing day. It was really nice to work with, and a beautiful milk chocolate-y brown color.
That would be great Denise, if you have some left over and can bring it to shearing day. Thanks for the compliment on his wool too.
And it is such a compliment to him that you chose his fleece last year. Pretty good for a 12 year old sheep.
So sorry…he was a beauty
Thanks John! He was just gorgeous!
That was john from going gently
Oh, I’m so, so sorry for your loss. He was a real beauty…
Thank you! He was beautiful and I got to have him for over 13 years.
Sorry for your double loss, Donna. I know it’s hard. They all have their distinctive personality and special spot in the barnyard. They leave big holes. I’ve got about five or six that are up and I know it’ll probably be a grim time when they go. Had one round the year before where I lost three of the oldies in a short time of each other and it is hard. Take care.
Thanks Tammy! It is hard. Each animal is unique and missed when gone. I usually do not have a flurry of deaths like this so hopefully it is over for a while. There will be more though because we have 20 sheep and goats over 10 years of age.