Lammie the Legend ~ And Her Rhino & Elephant Friends

March 1, 2020

For many people around the world, Lammie has become a household name!

She may be often mistaken for a goat, but Lammie the Legend doesn't mind. She knows deep down that she is a pure-bred Pedi-sheep with a heart so big that she has shared it selflessly with several orphaned baby rhinos and elephants too.

Lammie was born in 2014, and a few months later, Lente Roode and her team at HESC decided to bring her into the centre knowing that she would be a great companion/ surrogate mother to grow up side by side with an orphaned baby rhino called Gertjie.

The compassion of Gertjie and little Lammie

Their bond melted the hearts of many, and when Matimba arrived, another orphaned rhino, Lammie had a second rhino to love too. She stuck by them for a long time, until they grew too large and became a danger to Lammie, due to their sheer size. Lammie gladly continued to share her love with other orphan rhinos that came into the care of HESC, many of whom have since been rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

Adine and Lammie having a quiet moment together
Love knows no bounds ~ Lammie and Mopane

In recent years, Lammie has turned her attention to baby elephants.

She gave a lot of time to little Shawu and Mopane, our two ele-angels. The Thaba-Manzi Pedi breed of sheep are known for their exceptional mothering skills, and are often very protective of their young, having no fear against predators. They are very resilient animals and rarely get sick. As you can see by Lammie, they have a signature fat tail, where they store most of their fat. We love how Lammie has a cute bend and curve in hers!

Lammie and Mopane, heading out to the dam with their carers
New roommates, Lammie and Khanyisa

Over the past two months, Lammie has given unconditional love and company to Khanyisa. On the first day of Khanyisa's arrival, as the little albino elephant calf explored her new home, Lammie was always just a few steps behind her. Lammie does not like too much fuss, and will always step aside to provide carers and vets to tend to her.

Khanyisa, however, has not bonded with Lammie as much as the other orphans have previously. Though she is fond of Lammie, she seems to be a little more independent, and often jealous of Lammie when the little sheep gets attention! Saying that, each day their relationship grows, and it is clear that Khanyisa takes comfort from Lammie's presence.

Lammie and Khanyisa on walkabout at HERD

In the past week, Lammie needed some veterinary attention, as her one legs developed a limp and our care team grew concerned. It turned out that she had a tick deeply embedded in her one hoof, which was hard to detect. She received treatment from Dr Rogers and his team and is doing better. We have however noticed that Lammie is picking up weight in her older years, and we are trying to get her to be a little more active again.

Lammie is part of the family at HERD, having been with us through so many changes, hurdles and successes. She has been there for the good and bad times, and has always shown our animal friends all the love available in her little sheep heart.

We are ever grateful for her presence and company over the last six years. Lammie, you are our legend.

Lammie, looking out over her herd

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