My new Tunis sheep do something I’ve never seen sheep do before, and I’ve had sheep for several years now. They kneel and pray.
I’m just kidding! I think! I think they are just kneeling to eat, but I haven’t known them very long and we haven’t discussed religion yet.
Sometimes they just plop right on the ground to eat, too.
Is it too much effort to stand? Do they have short necks? Are they tired, dizzy, discombobulated?
We just don’t know! We need to get to know them better.
We could start with names……. Then we wouldn’t have to say, hey you, what are you doing on the ground?!
I have two girls and a ram. Name away! I need suggestions!
I’m going with Martha, Mary, and John! Biblical names for the praying sheep.
On May 7, 2013 at 8:33 am
Interesting! I’ve seen sheep do this before, but only when they’re suffering from a lameness issue or footrot. One of ours began kneeling and/or lying down to graze a couple of years ago, so we investigated more closely. Turned out that he had a hoof abscess. We treated it, and he was back to grazing on all fours in no time. What’s funny is that all of yours are doing it!
On May 7, 2013 at 8:33 am
I’ve never seen sheep do that either…..perhaps they are praying as you said…..ha ha I don’t have sheep …have only seen them in fields in passing along the roadways. It’s cute though, isn’t it?
How about Lizzie, Minnie and Moe as names.
On May 7, 2013 at 8:35 am
That’s so funny! Sometimes my sheep lay down and just eat right where they are. I think they are just lazy! My goats will kneel like that though. Maybe they’re just half tired.
On May 7, 2013 at 8:36 am
Peter, Paula, and Mary. Kind of Biblical, kind of not. In case you can’t get them to answer why they kneel.
On May 7, 2013 at 8:38 am
How about Emma, Annie, and Jasper. Don’t know why I thought of those names. They just popped in my head.
On May 7, 2013 at 8:39 am
Grammy Jam says:
Mow-na (cause they “mow” the grass), Neela,(cause they “kneel” down to eat), and Chewy (just cause they chew) lol
On May 7, 2013 at 8:54 am
What about Elkanah, Penninah, and Hannah? Biblical, definitely. 🙂
On May 7, 2013 at 8:58 am
Sister Bertrille, Sister Jacqueline,and Carlos?
Anyone remember the Flying Nun? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flying_Nun
On May 7, 2013 at 9:54 am
ibpallets (Sharon B.) says:
You have a crazy, so you could have a prazy, lazy and……………?
On May 7, 2013 at 10:10 am
ibpallets (Sharon B.) says:
Kelly, I do remember The Flying Nun with a young :sheep: Sally Fields.
On May 7, 2013 at 10:11 am
Definitely something going on with their front feet. Either footrot or trimmed too close and they are sore. We’ve had sheep get a clod of mud stuck between their toes and act lame ’til they were able to dislodge it. Not sure if sheep can ‘founder’…but maybe, if they aren’t used to being on a really lush pasture.
On May 7, 2013 at 10:27 am
Suzanne McMinn says:
These lambs are 2 1/2 months old. There is nothing wrong with their feet.
On May 7, 2013 at 10:30 am
Andrea the Kitchen Witch says:
Name the boy Eric Clapton and one of the girls Layla. “Layla, got me on my knees Layla” 🙂
On May 7, 2013 at 10:33 am
I don’t have any sheep, but I do have a theory. These are very young sheep. So perhaps they saw another sheep kneeling because of a problem with its feet, and they are just mimicking what they saw the other sheep do. Maybe they think they are SUPPOSED to kneel. I don’t know… just a theory! :sheep:
On May 7, 2013 at 10:39 am
Probably just a bad haaaaabit. (Sorry =o) You must put Sister and Brother in front of their names…or Get Up, behind them! (Sorry again! =o)
On May 7, 2013 at 10:57 am
Who knows with sheep. They are funny creatures. I had very young lambs with a foot problem called “scald” once. It is one of the components of foot rot. I understand if you treat it before it gets bad, you are more likely to avoid full blown foot rot.
Hopefully your lambs are just quirky!
On May 7, 2013 at 11:01 am
How about E.F. Mutton for the guy sheep. I can’t think of a clever name for the female. I always name my chickens after movie stars. Make it a good day! carline
On May 7, 2013 at 11:03 am
Well, they’re Tunis sheep, so you could pick Tunisian names. For the ewes, something like Miriam, Shayma, Nina, Selma, Farah, Nadia, Sonia, Rose, Hana, Yasmine, or Nadine. For the ram, Karim, Rami, Walid, Omar, Abdul, or Youssef.
On May 7, 2013 at 11:11 am
Miriam, Rose, Omar! Yes!
On May 7, 2013 at 11:29 am
Someone mentioned Moe & got me thinking – what about Laurie, Curly and Mow?
On May 7, 2013 at 11:57 am
How about —- Wynken, Blynken and Nod ?
On May 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm
I like the Tunisian names and I love it when I see things that cross culture barriers. The blue mark on them is just what pastoralists here (in Kenya) do when they worm their animals.
As for the kneeling…wart hogs eat like that, so maybe it’s an African thing.
On May 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm
The High Altitude Tea Duchess says:
Is there a theme like the goats?
Maybe flower names for the girls? Snapdragon, buttercup, primrose? For the boy…hmmm, Rambler, no. Maybe Socks? Socks the ram. lol
On May 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm
When my husband and I went on our honeymoon through the UK 16 years ago, we noticed (and took pictures of!) the weird sheep that would kneel to eat. We soon realized that MOST of the sheep there knelt to eat… so we just assumed they were lazy… or smart! Looks like you have some clever ones!
On May 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm
As I’m loving all these stories here, how bout the 3 Amigo’s::do they stay together like that all the time? very interesting indeed, I don’t know know why, but they are neat little creatures for sure!
On May 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Now THAT is just strange!
On May 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm
alosyu, I named the chickens in the cozy mystery I’m writing Winken, Blinken, and Nod so I definitely approve those names. I also named the three goats in the book Larry, Curly and Moe, so Laurie, Curly and Mow also sound like good options to me.
On May 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm
PV Grammy says:
Well, our chickens are named Omelet, Fried, Scrambled, and Poached. So, how about Cardigan and Vestie for the girls and Stud Muffin for the ram? 🙂
On May 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm
I like the spice name that you gave Nutmeg. Maybe you can have some spicy sheep too… since they have reddish/cinnamon colored faces how about the name Cinnamon? Maybe you can have the Cinnamon trio with names: Sugar (girl), Sweet (girl) and Bark or Ground (boy). So they would be Cinnamon Sugar, Sweet Cinnamon and Cinnamon Bark or Ground Cinnamon. Other ideas sounded good like the Tunisian names or Biblical names.
On May 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm
The third photo just cracked me up. The sheep in the foreground looks like she’s fixin to stand on her head!
I haven’t the foggiest what they’re trying to do, but sheep are pretty strange creatures, aren’t they?
On May 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm
:happyflower: :happyflower: :happyflower:
The on name that I can think of is Sheba, but there are many cute suggestions. The are such cute critters, it will be fun to get to know them.
On May 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm
I know what happened They knew that the other sheep was with them an they are praying that the same thing doesn’t happen to them :snoopy:
On May 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm
I like Neela Curly Lamb-chop….
Or Sophie Rosie Zak.
It’s the strangest thing I have ever seen.
Have a good one Ann/alba
On May 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm
Your sheep are super cute. Here are my suggestions for names:
Sister Gertrude the reverent (Gertie)
Sister Ruth the pious (Ruthy)
Brother Ignatius the rowdy (Iggy)
On May 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm
. What about shadrach, meshach and abednego for the sheep? That is one of my favorite stories.
On May 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm
How about names like Rosemary, Thyme and Thomas? (I don’t know why Thomas would fit, but it sounds right.) So glad you had a great retreat. It looks like everyone had so much fun. Thanks for the report! Hugs!
On May 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Missjane’s idea is good except I would go with Rosemary, Thyme and Basil for the ram. Basil is also a fairly common name in the UK.
On May 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm
Jacob, Leah and Rachel, because of the Bible story of Jacob working for for his father-in-law with sheep for both wives.
On May 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm
I think you should name your ram Dodge. Get it? Dodge Ram. 😆 So, you could stick with car/vehicle names. Dodge for the Ram, and for the girls…um….Baja, Aurora, Brat, Capri/Caprice, Dakota, Dart, Gremlin, Pinto, Milano, Nova, Rebel, Rio, Sephia, Sierra, Sidekick…Well, you get the idea.
I’m also a big fan of naming animals for other animals. You could name him Moose or Bear, and name the girls something like Cricket, Bunny, Chicken, Sparrow, Turtle, etc…etc…
My BF likes to name his animals funny/serious human names that people don’t usually use to name pets. We have a big huge solid black tomcat right now named Keith. Name them Stan, Brenda, and Margaret.
On May 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm
Well I was going with Peter, Pauline, and Mary, but someone has Peter, Paula, and Mary. StuckinMiami, and EMarie has great names and so do alot of the others. I think you have too many good names and not enough sheep. YOU NEED MORE SHEEP. HA HA :snoopy:
BTW I have had calves do that. They don’t do it long, but it sure looks strange. I seen them lay down then eat the grass around them.
On May 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm
Sharon Gosney says:
Curly,Larry and Mona (Mowna).
On May 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm
I like the Cinnamon idea…Nutmeg? Allspice? I also think of Hot Cocoa, Hot Chocolate, Frappachino, Latte, Mocha…I live in Seattle (Starbucks land!) you know!
On May 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm
In honor of a bachelor farmer neighbors and his 2 unmarried sisters that I knew as a small child – Emma, Meta, and Frank. Although I like the spice theme someone suggested earlier. :sheepjump:
On May 8, 2013 at 3:48 am
Jacob, Ruth and Naomi!
On May 8, 2013 at 4:33 am
:sheep: you could give them nun names – you know – the priest from the bing crosby boys town movie = Father whatever and the nuns from the hepburn movies sister whatever – sorry – don’t remember the names off the top of my bad memory but it would be kind of cute combined with the kneeling. ?? :sheepjump:
On May 8, 2013 at 5:45 am
I like Peter, Paula and Mary too. They are so cute, kneeling down to eat! They just like to be real close to their food supply!
On May 8, 2013 at 6:50 am
What is in the water supply down there in WV? You have fainting goats and now kneeling sheep…what’s next? Dancing cows? Talking horses? 😆
On May 8, 2013 at 6:54 am
I like the herbal theme too, lots of female names in there, and yes, Basil sounds like a great Ram name, or maybe Hawthorn! :sheep: Ewes could be Rosemary, Tansy, Violet, Sage, Lavender, Hyssop, Dill, Oregano(?), Parsley, Saffron, Poppy, Laurel, Terragon, Yarrow, Caraway… There’s a LOT to choose from! I think Cicely is an herb too.
On May 8, 2013 at 8:39 am
Oh, and when you reminded us of how young they are, it made me think about how lambs will kneel down to nurse when they’re growing, so maybe they’re just kneeling because it seems kinda natural for them still, and as they get older they’ll cut back on it. Just a thought.
On May 8, 2013 at 8:42 am
Too cute! I like the herbal names and the vehicle names best!
On May 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm
i have an Englisg Southdown and he will lay down to eat. He had a buddy that did it also. :sheepjump:
On May 9, 2013 at 10:40 am
I think the Bible I had in my childhood had illustrations of sheep kneeling like that. May be in the Middle Eastern heritage. Interesting, could be that people learned to kneel to pray from observing the sheep. As far as names goes, the first ones I thought were the same as Proverbs31gal, your first commenter, so I’m out of the game already.
On May 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm
Ann W says:
Late to comment on this post, but a thought: lambs kneel while nursing from their mothers, especially as they get bigger. Maybe some of them just associate kneeling with eating (nourishment). I’m guessing they grew out of it because it would be hard on the knees.
On November 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Hi Suzanne, I found your delightful community when I googled “picture sheep kneeling to eat grass.” Why was I googling this? I saw a local sheep doing that as I was driving here on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia – and it immediately made me think of a childhood/primitive reflex called an STNR (Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex). I’m a Rhythmic Movement Training International instructor / provider and teach parents and professionals about reflex – body – brain – sensory integration. Anyway, the STNR is a reflex that should emerge, develop and go dormant – but for reasons various, it can be retained and wreak havoc in terms of muscle tone (yes, muscle tone 😆 ) as well as posture and learning. The trigger for the reflex is the head flexing (as your sheep are flexing their heads in order to eat the grass) – and the reflex movement pattern is that when the head flexes, the arms bend (on a sheep, we could call those front legs “arms” couldn’t we???) and the legs straighten. The opposite occurs when the head extends backward – the arms straighten and the legs bend. Fun to observe in humans – and seeing that little sheep in classic STNR position as it was grazing just tickled my funny bone. And, now, as a bonus, I’ve signed up for your newsletter – looking forward to reading them 🙂 Cheers, Wendy
On August 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm
Today, someone told me that they had been told that lambs kneel or bow down before they are slaughtered? Is this true?
On November 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm