It is a standing joke, in old farming communities, when a newcomer (someone who has been on the land for less than a mandatory 30 years) names each member of a herd.
Granted, it does not make a lot of sense to name every animal in a flock couple of hundred sheep or cattle. But there are exceptions. When the numbers are small, or with particular types of animals, it is permitted - farm horses, dogs and cats all have names. Naming confers value, personalises, confirms specific traits, or allows you to communicate with a particular animal.
i have brought these close to my farmhouse and have been spending a lot of time with these the last while, as Lilly has been poorly.
|From left the females Delene, Lilly, Miffy, Mella, Coco and, far right, Don.|
Browsing with the alpacas is a baby Chough, who fell from a nest during a wind storm. Unable to fly as yet, he (and his parents) hang close to the alpacas, who are very protective of all those that graze with them.