Jonathan: Yes there was a ewe missing and I thought ‘a-ha’ – she’ll be down by the shore with a new-born lamb! And down I went and there she was and yes she had a lovely little boy lamb with her. She was lying down: as I got nearer, up she stood as if to make off and woosh! – out shot a lamb! . She turned her head a moment with a look of surprise – as if thinking ‘goodness, what on earth was that’: but she walked away with the first born lamb and started grazing! Child abandonment! Has she no shame? I broke open the birth sac, cleared the lamb’s mouth and agitated it’s wee body a bit to get it going, and took it over to her: but as with the other ewe and U9 a few days before, she wasn’t in the least bit interested: things to do, places to go, lambs to feed – sorry, must dash. The first lamb, I noticed, was already dry and active and suckling, so what I suspected straight away was that this second lamb was the weaker of the two, taking a long time to come out, and then it took the stress on the mother of my arrival to prompt the ejection!! She may have rejected it because – already suckling her first lamb – she thought giving birth was all over; or because she thought the second lamb was too week to survive. Well, I can report that mum and elder twin son are doing fine and have now enjoyed well over a week of sunshine and fresh growing grass; but after a good start young 4/4 took a cold and had to be nursed back from death with the help of feeding tubes and cosseting. He’s doing well enough now, but his mum was probably right, the future survival of the species does not rest heavily on his shoulders.