Sunday, August 26, 2012
Yesterday afternoon the Commander looked out the window and saw little Belle (top right corner) laying motionless in the yard wrapped in the electric netting. The netting wasn't energized at the time because the batteries were low and the Commander figured the sheep were wary of it from previous shocks.
We both rushed out (with me being barefoot) and as I approached her I was sure she was dead. When I touched her she flinched and I tried to figure out how to untangle her. She was foaming a bit from the mouth and it was obvious she was having trouble breathing. She was wrapped up good so I had to run into the house and grab some scissors.
As I ran back I felt a squish under my feet and of course I had stepped into a pile of dog poo - great! When I got back to Belle I slowly cut the strands that were wrapped around her neck and legs. Once she was free I held her closely to try and prevent the effects of shock from killing her. Her breathing got better and once she settled down I set her free. It was interesting to note that Berkley of all the sheep stayed close to her side while she was trapped, everyone else was back in the woods.
Belle was brought into the sheep barn and fed some hay and given a cool drink, she was OK. We are going to set up a new fence and break out one of the new power supplies today, the sheep need to learn that the fence isn't to be fooled with.