Little Homer was just another number in a small commercial flock until a photo was shared on instagram that changed his life. All the kind Saint Beans supporters rallied and insisted he join Saint Beans!
After a successful fundraiser, Homer, his Brother Buttons and his mother Belle were purchased from a reluctant farmer and they joined the sanctuary. Homer was sponsored by a kind supporter and she named him Homer after her late father.
Homer was a very affectionate lamb who was always found snuggled up to his mother in the mornings. He was smaller than his brother and unfortunately he got an infection in his leg when he was very young. He had to endure a few needles which made a slightly jumpy little boy even jumpier.
Homer was clearly a mothers boy from day one. In the morning he was often found snuggled up with his mother or between his brother and mother, the safest and warmest place to be.
Homer is naturally shy and it took him longer than his brother to warm up to his new human. Homer would run off if the strange human came too close. Finally though after a lot of gentle persistence Homer had his first wool rub a couple of months after his brother.
These days Homer loves wool rubs and brushes just as much as all the woolies and it makes him feel special when he is singled out for a brush. He happily blushes 'really me, it's my turn!'.
Homer is shy but nothing gets past him. If something comes into the paddock Homer is the first to see it and ready to flee. He runs off before his brother has even put his head up. Most of the time though it's a false alarm of course, sometimes it's just his human. The best way to keep Homer calm is to talk as you approach. He knows his name and it puts him at ease immediately.
Homer will always be a bit smaller than his brother but his confidence has grown considerately. If a friendly tussle breaks out with Buttons Homer doesn’t shy away anymore.
Now that Homer is fully grown he's turned into a handsome and charming young man who still likes to be with his mother and brother at all times.
It would have been very hard on him if he was in a commercial flock because they get separated from their mothers at around 4 to 5 months old. He would have never seen his mother Belle again. Thankfully though Homer will get to stay with his mother forever.
Unfortunately Homer got a serious eye infection in April 2022 and his whole eye clouded up. It took several vet visits and medications before we were sure the infection was gone. Poor Homer had to be sedated with penicillin injected directly into his eye. He then had to have daily steroid drops to keep the swelling down. Slowly over a couple of months his eye fully healed and the cloudiness completely disappeared.