Edgar’s Mission Passport
Anthia & Athens
Anthia & Athens
26th June 2023
Being rescued together
Motherly instincts
Unbroken family bonds
Certified true likeness
Anthia & Athens’s story

It’s All Greek to Us…

Updated August 3, 2023

Only days into this world and little Athens was in trouble. With his human not knowing how to assist, the wee lamb continued to weaken as he failed to suckle from his mumma’s engorged teats.

Heeding the call for assistance, both mumma and bub were surrendered into our care. Here it quickly became apparent the cause of the little one’s woes as a huge plug of colostrum-infused poop, which was removed from Athens’s butt.

What came next can only be described as an explosion of relief for little Athens, but a moment of “eek” from the human who was just a tad too close to the scene!

Colostrum, that first liquid gold milk all mammals produce, infused with all of its goodness, could sometimes be mistaken for having a super-glue gene tossed in there as well, so thick and adhesive are the poops that result. Whilst it is generally the role of the mumma sheep to lick clean their bub from head to butt, alas sometimes the resolve of that poop is even more determined than those loving licks from the dear mummas themselves.

What she does show is that the bond between mother and child is incredibly strong and is one that transcends species

And whilst dear wee Athens was readily appreciative of the kindness, dear Anthia is still somewhat unsure. A sheep who is not yet prepared to let her guard down when it comes to our kind is she. Nonetheless, what she does show is that the bond between mother and child is incredibly strong and is one that transcends species.

Displaying this best as she fiercely moves forward to protect her dear babe, nickering to him should he move out of sight and standing guard over him whilst he soundly sleeps.

With their Greek-of-origin names, we are reminded that from the birthplace of democracy evolved the recognition that all should have a voice in society – this being something which most will readily embrace. Alas, though, when it comes to the animals of this world, for most such a notion “sounds Greek to me”. That democratic voice rarely includes animals; yet when one considers it is their world, too, it seems only just that it should.