The Lamb: Whose Cub, Interesting Facts
There is often confusion in the names of cubs of animals. This is especially true of the names of the sons and daughters of sheep, and in fact they have very specific names. Later in the article you will learn how to correctly name the cubs of lambs, and what is the history of their name.
What is called the cub of a sheep and a ram
It is correct to call a newborn baby a ram and a sheep a lamb. This is a universal name for both sexes. Differences in names between females and males begin after the baby is weaned from the mother’s breast, but has not yet reached puberty. Girls in this period are called bright, and boys are already called lambs.
Did you know? Wild sheep were domesticated by the ancient inhabitants of Turkey, Syria and northern Mesopotamia 8 thousand years ago.
Name according to religious canons
The name “lamb” is associated with religious Christian canons. The origin of the word goes back to the Latin "agnus" - the lamb, or lamb. In Christian culture, the “Lamb of God” is called Jesus. The name is associated with the Jewish tradition of sacrificing young sheep on Easter days. Now the name “lamb” is found only in worship and sermons. The word gradually passed into the category of archaisms and in ordinary life practically does not occur.
What does the baby look like?
The appearance of the lamb is largely dependent on the breed. Genetics also affects the appearance of newborn individuals, in particular, the color. Average small sheep are born weighing up to 4 kg. Children are similar to adult animals, but they have less hair and not such large parts of the body as in mature males and females. Horns are also missing. As children grow up, they become more and more like parents.
Important! An inexperienced farmer can confuse a lamb and a kid, because their descriptions vary slightly. The kids are less dense. Cubs can also be distinguished by the different shape of the ears - in the kids, they are longer.
How to name a lamb: popular nicknames
In industrial cultivation, flocks of artiodactyls give names to all animals is difficult. If in the household one or more cubs grows up, it will be convenient to pick up nicknames for them. There are many variations of names for lambs that sound cute and memorable.
It is convenient to select a nickname according to a certain principle:
- by month of birth - Julius, Augustine, Maya;
- by suit - Snow White, Chernushka, Smoke;
- in appearance - Curly, Bearded, Baby;
- by nature - Weasel, Bead, Milash;
- by the names of famous people and characters - Cinderella, Oscar, Basque.
Features of the content of lambs
Sheep babies are easy to care for. Before lambing, it is necessary to allocate a place for the uterus with a brood. The shepherd should be insulated. 2 hours after giving birth, the lamb must be planted with the mother. She will give him breast milk and lick it.For up to 3 months, animals feed from the udder and live with their mother. After this period, the young growth separates and gets used to life in the flock.
Important! Animals must be vaccinated. Details of procedures and timing depend on the region of cultivation.
Interesting facts about sheep
At first glance, sheep are unremarkable animals. However, there are many interesting facts related to these artiodactyls. For many, it will be a surprise that lambs have a good memory. Animals are able to remember the first time in which feeding trough lies the feed, and in subsequent times they are suitable for this particular feeding trough. High intellectual development is also evidenced by the fact that they distinguish between shapes and colors.One of the most hardy species is mountain sheep. Few species of mammals can withstand extreme conditions. Animals feel comfortable at an altitude of 5000 m above sea level. Rocky landscapes are also not an obstacle to their successful existence.
Did you know? In English, there is the expression black sheep - "black sheep". This phrase is identical to the Russian proverb "white crow".
The main products of sheep breeding are meat, milk, sheepskin and wool. One of the most promising areas is getting wool. Shaving of the coat is carried out throughout the life of the artiodactyl, starting from 1 year. From one sheep of wool breed, farmers annually remove up to 20 kg of fleece.Knowing the correct name of the baby sheep and ram, you can easily explain to the child who the lamb is.At the same time, speech will become more literate, because it is much better to say the correct word “lambs” instead of the wrong “rams”.