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Blue Lambs Roam the Fields in Iceland’s West Fjords

Gudbrandur Sverrisson, a farmer at Bassastadir in Steingrímsfjördur fjord in the eastern West Fjords peninsula, resorted to spraying four newborn lambs with a blue color in the spring to prevent them from being rejected by their mothers.

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A blue lamb a-la Photoshop. By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

“Old and stubborn farmers have invented all sorts of tricks,” Sverrisson told Fréttabladid. “I have discovered that one of the quickest solutions when ewes reject their lambs which have become dry and are maybe two days old is to spray something on them that eliminates the smell.”

“Then old and rooted Progressive Party supporters ridiculed the poor sheep for having blue lambs,” Sverrisson laughed. Blue is the color of the Independence Party while the Progressive Party prefers green; the latter has the most loyal supporters in the countryside.

Sverrisson explained that two of his ewes that had two lambs each both rejected one of them. Sheep are color blind but they know their lambs from their smell. He confused their sense of smell with the blue spray; this new look doesn’t bother the ewes.

“They know that one of the lambs belongs to them and this is done so that they can’t tell the difference between them,” he elaborated, stressing that it is important that the job is done thoroughly so that the spray covers the entire lamb.

“If they find a small spot where they can smell the lamb’s regular odor they recognize it immediately.” Sverrisson stated that the color doesn’t change the qualities of the wool, which will continue to keep the lambs warm.

The color will wash away in the summer, he said. “It will have almost disappeared by the fall so it won’t upset the sheepherders much. They shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that it’s sheep from the hidden people.”

Click here to see pictures of the actual blue lambs.

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