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It is truly a sheep’s life

We can all do with a feel-good-story every now and then, and Coriander the Sheep’s story is definitely one that warms one’s heart.

The Gazette spoke to Coriander’s “mum” Lizël Kimber to find out more about this special sheep.

About six months ago she received a call from someone in Tesselaarsdal saying there were two very young lambs that had been abandoned by their mother. Animal lover that she is, she went to collect them and immediately took them to a veterinarian.

The little ewe, whom they had named Vinkel, seemed to be the stronger one. Coriander was not expected to live through the weekend, as he had a severe infection most likely inflicted by attacks from crows. Strangely enough, he was the one that survived.

Kimber and her family decided to care for Coriander at their home, where he was bottle-fed every four hours, and he simply thrived from all the loving care he received. As sheep are herd animals that do not like being alone, Coriander soon adopted Kimber, her family and their dogs and cats as his herd.

Although he has a very large piece of land to spend his time on, he loves being in the house. He sleeps in the house every night and is completely at home, following his “mum” around from room to room.

Coriander is especially fond of Weetbix breakfast cereal, and for this special treat he will actually climb onto the couch to get it from Kimber. He knows exactly where his treats are kept and occasionally opens the kitchen cupboard to help himself.

Coriander will soon have a baby goat as companion, who will sleep in the house with him. As soon as the baby goat is old enough the two will spend their nights in a stable on the premises. On cushions, of course!

Since Coriander has come into their lives Kimber’s youngest son, Logan, does not eat lamb or mutton anymore, and the expressions “lamb meat” and “mutton chop” are no longer mentioned in the house.

And they are certainly not mentioned in front of this very much loved member of the Kimber family!

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