This ram commonly wanders up and down the croft next to GBs. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disease in cattle that causes a spongy degeneration in the brain and spinal cord. Until Sunday night I didn't know that sheep could get Mad Sheep Disease but I think that's what this ram must have had. It was in the next croft but one and kept David and I amused for ages.
First of all it wandered up to this post and leaned against it, trying to push it over.
Then it went round and round the post leaning against it all the time. First clockwise …
Then clockwise again, pushing hard all the time…
Then it backed off a few feet and took a flying leap at it.
We could hear the contact from two crofts away.
Then it came at it from the other side and took a longer run up. Head down. Thud.
A few more attempts that I tried to catch on video but failed. Note that by attacking from this side the post is now upright again. Then round and round the post again, leaning all the time.
It was obviously satisfied with itself feeling the post move back and forth in its slot.
Then our mad ram backed off even further and fairly flew across the ground, head down.
Notice how much the post is leaning compared to earlier.
I think this is what the post must have felt like! (OK, so it's camera shake caused by me laughing but what the heck!)