Happy Spring Equinox 2019!

 

20190317_Barbary_Sheep_by_Lady_Quixote

I took this picture three days ago, as I was driving back from church. Is it a goat? Is it an antelope? No, it’s a species of caprid, a type of goat-antelope, known as a Barbary Sheep. Native to North Africa, it was introduced to North America at some point in the distant past. According to Wikipedia, the Barbary Sheep typically live in small wild herds, in steep canyons and rocky mountains. Why this lone guy has been grazing in our neighborhood for the past four months, far from any canyons or rocky mountains, no one knows.

My husband and I have seen him grazing near our home a couple of times. He gets our two rescue dogs very excited. I tried to give him an apple the other day, but he wasn’t interested. My hubby, on the other hand, said “Hey, I wanted to eat that apple!” In the end, our neighborhood Road Runner probably ate it. The Road Runner was heading straight for the apple, the last time I saw it.

I’ve taken several pictures and a short video clip of the Barbary Sheep, while talking to him in a soft, gentle voice. He seems interested in what I have to say, just as long as I don’t get too close. Or try to give him an apple. 😁

Happy Spring! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I really appreciate it. God bless! Oh, and if you happen to be driving anywhere in east central New Mexico, watch out for a wild, but cautiously friendly, sheep-goat-antelope! πŸ’˜πŸ’˜πŸ’˜

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43 thoughts on “Happy Spring Equinox 2019!

    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 20, 2019 / 10:16 am

      Isn’t he? My daughter, the one that’s a therapist intern, told me I should write a children’s book about him, with a story about how he got separated from his herd. I told her I think she should write that book. Of course, she said she is too busy.

      I’m trying to think of a name for him. Any ideas?

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 20, 2019 / 11:02 am

      He was like, “Yes, I know I must be handsome. Everybody wants to take my picture these days!”

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  1. Looking for the Light March 20, 2019 / 11:24 am

    I love it!!!!!! Find out what type of food they like and leave outside of your comfort zone, maybe that will result in great new photos.

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 20, 2019 / 11:50 am

      Great idea. From what I read on Wikipedia, the Barbary Sheep likes to eat grass. He was grazing on the neighbor’s grass, just before I took this picture. I wish he would come and eat the grass in our yard, so I won’t have to cut it! But I think our dogs scare him away, even from inside the house. Somehow, they know when he is out there and they both start barking.

      Even so, there’s got to be something he will eat, besides grass. I’m going to Google it.

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      • Looking for the Light March 20, 2019 / 2:06 pm

        The dogs can smell his scent, which he has probably marked around your yard. Does he go out front often? Maybe that’s the answer so maybe the dogs won’t see. I love the straight and curly hair.

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        • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 20, 2019 / 3:40 pm

          That’s what I was thinking, that our big dog, Baby, can probably smell when the goat-antelope is outside, even with our windows closed. I doubt if our small standard poodle can smell him though, because the poodle, Scrappy, can’t even smell a savory treat when it falls on the floor right in front of him. He hunts and hunts for it, until I finally pick up the treat and put it in his mouth. So when the goat is outside and Baby smells him, she starts barking and, not wanting to be left out, the nose-blind poodle joins in.

          Baby, our 70 pound mystery mix dog — she looks like a yellow lab mixed with German Shepherd and maybe some Boxer and possibly some Pit Bull — that girl has a NOSE. Recently I was outside in our yard with the dogs, picking up their droppings like I do every morning. The night before, I had seen the poodle do a potty in the southeast corner of the yard. But the next morning, I hunted all over that corner and couldn’t find it. Just talking to myself, I said “Where is Scrappy’s poopie?”

          Baby immediately trotted over, put her nose over an area of brown grass, then pointed to it. She had her paw right on it! I almost fainted.

          When I came inside the house, I told my husband that our big dog apparently has some pointer in her. And, she’s a leftie!

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          • Looking for the Light March 21, 2019 / 10:52 am

            Baby is one smart dog. Something is getting in our back yard routing around and my older dog takes forever to come in, he’s determined to find the intruder. Probably a possum or rat. The Bobcats and Coyotes here couldn’t jump our fence, I don’t think the bobcat could claw over. I first saw one several years ago right at front door flower bed, I almost pooed myself. Beautiful animal. A few days later a squirrel was messing with it and the cat jumped halfway up a huge tree. Maybe the smell of my new dog is creating interest in the neighborhood. HAHA

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          • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 21, 2019 / 11:41 am

            You had a bobcat near your front door? Yikes, that would have given me a start!

            I like to hike, and I have come face to face with a very large cat — cougar, mountain lion, panther, not sure what they were, but one of those. They had a reddish brown coat, in both cases. The most recent was in 2005, when I was walking our old Otterhound through the Bosque along the Rio Grande in Corrales, near Albuquerque. The big cat came strolling up across the trail from the river, just a few feet ahead of us, and I almost had a heart attack. Thankfully, Farley, our Otterhound, wasn’t interested in giving chase. At 100+ pounds, he wasn’t the easiest dog to control.

            The first time I came face to face with a very large cat was in 1973. I was taking my then 2 year old son for a walk in a very isolated area in the Missouri Ozarks, where we lived at the time. I had gone off the gravel road down through a forest to a small stream, so my little boy could experience throwing rocks in the water. I was standing behind him, watching my child have fun, when I glanced up and saw a very big cat standing just on the other side of the narrow stream. She had her eyes focused on my little boy!

            I nearly had a heart attack at the age of twenty, that day! But I believe God gave me the instinct to know just what to do to save my son, and myself, from a hungry mountain lion.

            A day or two later, a neighboring farmer found one of his calves dead and mostly eaten, down by that same stream. With big cat prints in the mud.

            I enjoy wildlife, but not when it gets too wild!

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          • Looking for the Light March 21, 2019 / 3:01 pm

            Mountain lions do concern me, they have a hunt only mentality. Living in Texas I’ve never seen one and that’s fine with me. The areas around our city are growing out and flushing the wildlife into the city. My husband see coyotes everyday at 5am while walking dogs. They aren’t agressive if you just go a different direction.

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  2. ibikenyc March 20, 2019 / 11:47 am

    He is ADORABLE! I love caprids of any kind.

    Wonder what his story is and if someone, somewhere, is missing and searching for him.

    I think it’s hilarious that you have a “neighborhood Road Runner;” LOL!

    We, incredibly, have enough of a problem with deer (yes, here in NYC!) to where they have put up “Wildlife Crossing” signs in some neighborhoods and ads about how they are most active at dawn and dusk. I encountered a couple one day in a park, first the female and then the male, from whom I backed away VERY slowly. Those antlers are very intimidating!

    Some areas also have huge flocks of wild turkeys, the males of which look just like Thanksgiving decorations, with those gorgeous huge feathers and all.

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 20, 2019 / 11:57 am

      It’s amazing to me that you have deer where you live! And wild turkeys, too? Wow. I visited my daughter in Spokane, Washington, a couple of years ago, which isn’t nearly as big as NYC, but still a good sized city. There were flocks of wild turkeys roaming in her neighborhood. We also saw a huge moose and her two baby… uhm…mooses? Meese lol?

      The moose family was right on the outskirts of Spokane, in a wooded area. But the turkeys are all over the city!

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      • ibikenyc March 23, 2019 / 11:05 pm

        Well, we aren’t in Manhattan but rather one of the outer boroughs. It’s almost suburban here, which I love.

        This month, however, there’s been a rash of various animals in very urban places: A lamb wandering along the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn; a sheep in Coney Island; a goat in the Bronx; a cow on the Deegan Expressway (also Bronx). All were rescued by various law-enforcement / fire personnel / random citizens. Don’t know about the others, but the goat and lamb were taken to an animal sanctuary somewhere in New Jersey.

        Life in The Big Apple!

        Never seen moose / meese, though. How cool!

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  3. Lee Poskey March 20, 2019 / 11:57 am

    Look at what happened when someone else tried to talk to a goat Linda. 🀠

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  4. hawk2017 March 20, 2019 / 3:14 pm

    Will do and Love in our Christ Jesus.:)

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  5. oneta hayes March 20, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    Nice picture and certainly interesting. Thank you for the like on my Big Question today. πŸ˜€

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  6. marianbeaman March 20, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    I enjoyed your unique photo ~ and the absurd video – ha ha!

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 21, 2019 / 10:45 am

      Thanks! That video is hilarious. I have watched it several times now, and I laugh every time. 😁

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  7. @PreacherBiker March 20, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    It was my apple

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

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  8. Tricia March 21, 2019 / 7:30 am

    Wow, how cool is that? I wonder what he is doing out there? I hope he can get proper food and stuff.

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 21, 2019 / 10:27 am

      Me too, I was concerned that he might not be getting enough food and water, especially since our canal is dry right now. But according to what I read on Wikipedia, the Barbary Sheep does not need water, they are able to metabolize all the moisture they need from the food they eat. Isn’t that amazing? They are grazers and will eat a wide variety of grasses, flowers, leaves and shrubs. This fellow looks like he probably weighs about 200 pounds — Wikipedia says they can get over 300 pounds. But he doesn’t look skinny, so apparently he is getting enough food.

      I just wish he would come and mow our grass, lol. But our dogs scare him off. Even though we keep the dogs inside the house, they know when he is close by and start barking. Apparently they can smell him.

      I read that the Barbary Sheep is able to jump seven feet in the air. Now that would be a sight to behold!

      Thanks for your comment, Tricia. I hope you have a nice day.

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      • Tricia March 21, 2019 / 9:30 pm

        So neat how self sufficient they are! God’s work for sure. πŸ™‚

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        • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote March 22, 2019 / 9:58 am

          God’s work indeed!

          I heard the Barbary Sheep this morning, bleating, baaing, whatever you call it. I was out in the yard with our big dog at the time. I looked over the fence, but didn’t see him. Poor fellow, he’s probably lonely.

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      • ibikenyc March 23, 2019 / 10:37 pm

        I, too, would love to see him jump seven feet! My goodness!

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  9. Tara March 24, 2019 / 2:16 am

    Happy Spring! Thanks for sharing, he’s adorable!

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