Eighty-three: Dorper

Eighty-three: Dorper, originally uploaded by meganknight.

This is a black-faced dorper sheep, a particularly South African sheep, bred for the Karoo, mostly. I used to be a vegetarian, and one of the reasons I’m not any more is because in many parts of the world, the terrain is simply not suited to growing crops, and the only way to survive is to find the toughest, hardiest animals you can, and breed them for meat. This is the point of the dorper sheep – very little thrives in the karoo, and one cannot live on prickly pears alone (nice as they are).

Obviously, this is not an actual sheep. I bought her in Johannesburg, and as a piece of beadwork she wasn’t cheap, but I was so taken with her curly coat I had to have her.

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