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  • Joined May 2009
  • Peak District
Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« on: March 15, 2012, 05:06:31 pm »
Came from work at lunchtime, Bertie the very old pet Shetland was grazing with the llama.  A while later I looked up the field and he was standing by the fence ....and still in the same place ages later.  Thinking that strange I went to see why.  Thank goodness I did.  Poor old boy had been rubbing on the stock netting, and somehow, broken a square and one of the pieces of that square had got caught on him.  Having a thick fleece he does get caught on things, so I went to pull the wire from his fleece, and to my horror the end of the wire had gone through his bottom lip and into his mouth.

I was on my own, and my phone was low on battery;  I had nothing to pull the wire out, and not sure if I was brave enough to even try, to be honest.  No one in at neighbours.  Rang hubby at work, praying battery would hold out, and gabbled that Bertie was stuck, and to come quick with pliers.  Fortunately, he is only 5 minutes away, and able to get away without causing any bother.  He arrived, and like me thought Bertie was just held by his fleece, until he saw his mouth. 

Bertie was remarkably calm about the procedure, and is quite happy to stand and be fussed, which was a great relief, cos had he tried to free himself like most sheep would, he would have caused more damage.  Hubby was calm too and snipped the wire from the fence, and then pulled the wire from Berties mouth.  Bertie toddled off down the field, and although it must have hurt, seemed not the worse for his experience, and started to graze.

I had visions of having to cut the wire and take him to the vets ....and maybe have him put to sleep.  Thank goodness the old fella is ok.


  • Joined Sep 2009
  • Wales
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 05:30:19 pm »
poor poor Bertie, sheep do get themselves in a pickle sometimes. I hope he recovers fully and doesn't think about doing anything silly again for a while anyways :sheep:


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 05:38:42 pm »
Silly Bertie! I'm glad he's ok  :sheep:


  • Joined Sep 2010
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 06:20:53 pm »
Glad it went ok. Just keep an eye on him and make sure his mouth heals ok.

As I say, you can't look at your sheep too often.



  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Perthshire
    • Brucklay Pygmy Goats
    • Facebook
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 07:27:06 pm »
So good Bertie's ok - every year we have a spell of 'head in fence' always the same bunch of culprit's always the same time of day, while I'm doing the goats but before feeding the sheep, luckily like you Roxy they are pretty tame and with a bit of manoeuvring and a fuss go off quite happy - maybe if it was more traumatic they wouldn't do it again!! but I wouldn't bet on it  :) :)
Pygmy Goats, Shetland Sheep, Zip & Indie the Border Collies, BeeBee the cat and a wreak of a building to renovate!!


  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 07:28:36 pm »
So glad the old boy's OK  :thumbsup:

little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 07:35:52 pm »
poor chap!
Hope he heals well :)

Little Blue


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2012, 08:13:07 pm »
what are they like?!  glad he's ok - and well done you for keeping calm and getting the help you and he needed
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing


  • Joined Apr 2011
  • lymington hampshire
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2012, 08:33:38 pm »
poor chap, it's amazing how much pain and trauma animals can take and they just get on with it. if that was my mouth i would be screaming the place down!


  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Lincolnshire
Re: Eeek .....poor Bertie.
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2012, 09:05:10 am »
Bertie sounds like an absolute love and very loved. Sometimes us humans, no matter how well we know our sheep, take a while to catch on don't we! I apologise to my sheep often for being a 'stupid human'. The times i've thought oh 'so and so's' being unsociable today only to find that 'so and so' is stuck...


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