"Hi, Anna--I'd forgotten the role of the sheep bell wether: to lead the herd, since the wether is the most trainable!!"
I'm ashamed to say that I didn't believe "bellwether" was referring to a neutered male animal like Edgar, so I looked it up. And, as always, Mom was right! What an interesting peek into the utility of wethers, dating back to the fourteenth century.
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