Izzy stood on the hill overlooking the north pasture this morning calling out to the other sheep. But the sheep were in the south pasture and as many times as Jon and I tried to get Izzy to go to them, she ran back to the hill and called to them again and again.
I don’t know why she didn’t know the sheep were in the other pasture but I’m beginning to wonder if something is off with Izzy. Over the summer when I started to notice that she was spending a lot of time alone, I assumed she was just an independent spirit.
But her behavior this morning was unusual. And equally unusual was that the other sheep weren’t answering her. Often when one sheep hangs back calling to the others they will answer and she will run to them, or they will come to her.
Still, I don’t see this as a problem yet.
And it may never become a problem. If our pastures weren’t so secure, a lone sheep could potentially be in danger from predators. But our fences are secure and the donkeys do a good job of keeping other animals out of the pasture.
So we’ll just pay attention to Izzy for now. Who knows, it may turn out that she really is just a lone sheep after all.