Breaking news! Just in time for Mother’s Day, another baby Dall’s sheep was born at Como Zoo Thursday evening, May 9th! Stop out and see the adorable lambs this Mother’s Day Weekend!
(May 10) Meet “Sprinkle”! Como Zoo welcomed another snowy white female baby Dall’s sheep into the world Thursday evening. The baby was born to first time mother “Drizzle” and can be seen following her every step. “Sprinkle” shares her exhibit with her grandmother “Storm”, father “Sylvester”, one-year-old sister, “Sunny” and 5 day-old “Quinn”.
(May 6) A snowy white female baby Dall’s sheep was welcomed into the world Sunday morning and is now prancing about in her home at Como Zoo. The baby was born on the fifth day of the fifth month, and is the fifth lamb to mother “Storm”, and thus has been aptly named “Quinn” (5 letters!). She can be seen scampering around the exhibit she shares with her mother “Storm”, father “Sylvester”, one-year-old sister, “Sunny” and almost 2 year old sister “Drizzle”.
Dall’s sheep are most notable for the males’ (known as rams) massive curled horns. Females (known as ewes) also carry horns, but theirs are shorter and more slender, and only slightly curved. Until rams reach the age of 3 years, they tend to resemble the ewes quite a bit. After that, continued horn growth makes the males easily recognizable. Horns grow steadily during spring, summer, and early fall. In late fall or winter, horn growth slows and eventually ceases. This start-and-stop growth results in a pattern of rings called annuli which are spaced along the length of the horn, and can help determine age. The typical gestation period for a Dall’s sheep is 175 days and yields one baby.