A beautiful winters morning and a quick stroll to take in the view led to a life changing moment. An odd white shape caught the attention of Beans human, Brendon. As he approached suddenly a newborn lamb jumped up and ran towards him bleating louder than you would think possible. This lamb wasn’t weary or afraid, quite the opposite, he decided then and there that this human was in fact his dad and that was that! He ran up to him and refused to leave his side.
A name immediately came to mind. This lamb was weak and had been on his own for over 24 hours yet despite this he was ‘full of beans’. He was named Beans even before he had his first life saving drink of colostrum. Beans quickly began to recover and thrive. The joy of being saved turned into a love for life and a very happy little bundle of wool.
Beans became a global lambassador for all woolies after being profiled on The Dodo (watch below). He slept on a lazy boy chair and spent most of his time running around the garden which he absolutely loved. Beans didn't like being being separated from his human dad even for a minute so he came on trips and slept next to him when he was working.
Witnessing how rich baby Beans was in personalty, how clever, and how happy he was changed the way his human dad viewed animals like Beans. He realised they were fundamentally no different to the cats and dogs we love, the difference was really just cultural.
It’s very important for herd animals to have at least one friend. They are very social and learn so much from each other and they have a very strong instinct to never be alone. Beans needed a friend and then like magic suddenly Frosty came along.
Poor Frosty lost his mother and brother so he needed a friend. Beans and Frosty became BFF’s within a day or two and have been inseparable ever since.
Beans was able to move out into the hay barn now that he had a friend. Beans and Frosty made themselves hay bunks and always slept on the same bunk. Beans on the bottom bunk, Frosty on the top.
Beans is a Wiltshire which is a breed who have kept their natural shedding behaviour. They grow a thick coat in the winter and shed it in summer like nature intended. Most sheep these days have been intensively bred for human purposes to grow much more wool than they need and to never shed it.
When Beans shed his winter coat for the first we were left with a surprise, two perfect wool-angel-wings. His winter coat shedded away except for two perfectly symmetrical wings on his back. Amazing! What are the chances of finding a lamb who forms angel-wool-wings? The name Saint Beans is inspired by Beans and his angelic angel-wool-wings.
Beans is fully grown now and he has a great life at Saint Beans. He's a lovely animal with a big heart and a positive outlook. He's highly intelligent and often outsmarts his human. He remains close to his human dad and enjoy’s seeing him everyday. Beans has developed a big appetite for his favourite sheep pellets so he’s not quite as fast as he once was but he's working on improving his fitness and losing some weight.