I saw this play out just after sunrise this morning.



The ewe getting frisky with Bravo is #139, one of my flightiest and least friendly sheep, so I was pretty puzzled.   As I was watching her (seemingly) flirt, I remembered that this ewe was bred almost exactly a year ago, so there’s a decent chance she’s in estrus again now.  I’m wondering if Bravo is her ram surrogate — any port in a storm? — and if so, relieved that she didn’t look to me.  If she’s indeed looking for satisfaction from Bravo, the courtship should repeat in 17 days when she ovulates next.  Or maybe she just decided he was a good playmate.