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Bell wether

Wether
"Hi, Anna--I'd forgotten the role of the sheep bell wether: to lead the herd, since the wether is the most trainable!!"
--- Mom


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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I know you read- lots. Try 'Bellwether' by Connie Willis. Very cleverly written SF/romance short novel about sheep bellwethers. Female scientist hero for answers.
Comment by alan reid Fri Mar 10 12:30:10 2017