Except for Asher, who plants his two front feet in the feeder when he eats, the rest of the sheep are constantly moving around it like they’re playing musical chairs.
This morning Constance showed her true self again when she walked right up to Liam, my biggest wether, nudged him out of the way, and stuck her head in the feeder. I was truly surprised when I saw Liam step away from the feeder, mouth full of hay to make space for her.
I’d seen Liam push many sheep away from the feeder, but never make room for one. Was he deferring to her because she’s a lamb I wondered?
But just a moment later he did that thing that the sheep do when they want to push another sheep away. He picked up his front foot and pawed at Constance’s shoulder.
I’ve seen him do this before and the sheep always move away. But Constance didn’t budge, she just kept eating. Liam tried a few more times before giving up. Then, he walked up to Pumpkin, who is three times as big as Constance, and pushed him out of the way, taking his place at the feeder.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I thought that Constance, who has great presence and attitude, might be our new Zelda. What I saw today makes me think it might really be true.