Five Fun Facts About the Rams

March 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Maymont has caught the Virginia Commonwealth University Final Four fever! Winnie, our Scottish Blackface Sheep at the Children’s Farm, is showing her team spirit for our neighborhood university this week, leading up to the NCAA VCU-Butler basketball game on Saturday. Go Rams!

But what exactly is a Ram? And what makes them so special? Here are a few fun facts about the wooly, four-legged version of the VCU mascot:

1. A male sheep is called a Ram, and their horns serve as an imposing status symbol. A Ram’s horns are used for dominance and weapons during battles for mating rights.

2. Head butting from a Ram can cause serious injury, and they need to be respected.

3. President Woodrow Wilson grazed sheep on the White House Lawn. Will Rams roam the White House nearly 100 years later as NCAA basketball champions?

 4. Rams can be very protective of other sheep and will stomp their feet and put their heads down and even chase dogs out of fields (look out Bulldogs!).

 5. A Battering Ram is a famous weapon of the Middle Ages used to batter, pound, punch and crush gates and walls of conquered towns.

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Buz Bireline, Director of Habitats & the Nature Center at Maymont

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