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Lamb-sitting similar to baby-sitting

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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012 12:00 am

HITCHCOCK — Savannah Fitzgerald isn’t very sheepish about being good with kids. The 15-year-old is at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo this week and has a goat Pancakes that is competing.

She also is tending to Ray a lamb that her Friendswood FFA friend Joylynn Grady could not show. Fitzgerald said lamb-sitting is an awful lot like baby-sitting.

”You’ve got to have patience because the lamb doesn’t like you at first because you are not her mom” she said.

Though Ray is generally friendly with people he has been known to act up.

”I’ll be exercising him and he’ll run into me and try to knock me over” Fitzgerald said.

When Ray does this he gets a stern talking to.

”After a while he stops doing that because you reprimand him and he’s ok” Fitzgerald said. ”Some animals when you talk to them they are like ‘Oh my god you’re mad at me’ so they back off.”

That’s worked so far for Ray. He’s never had to go to time out but he could lose privileges.

”You can take away the privilege of being able to eat anything they want by using the muzzle” Fitzgerald said.

Sometimes the lamb just shows he is a knucklehead.

”No sir that is not a smart thing to do mister” she told Ray as he tried to head-butt the lamb in the next pen.

Fortunately or unfortunately heavy steel bars prevented the two from smashing heads. Apparently neither one acknowledged the existence of the obstructions.

”They do not realize there are bars there and that they could hurt themselves” Fitzgerald said. ”They aren’t very bright animals.”

Caring for Ray isn’t that hard for Fitzgerald. Goats and lambs apparently get along very well.

”They play just like they would normally” she said.

”For a while he thought he was a goat because he was the only lamb. They do the exact same thing. They head-butt each other.”

Judging for Market Lambs and Goats will begin at 4 p.m. today.

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At A Glance

It’s Senior Citizens’ Day at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo.

The fairgrounds will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Seniors can enjoy free activities and fellowship.

When the fair officially opens at 4 p.m. seniors will be admitted free.

Also on the schedule for today are:

5 p.m.: Market lamb judging which will be immediately followed by market goat judging

5:30 p.m.: Exhibition barrels

6 p.m.: Gospel music

7 p.m.: Jackpot Barrel racing