By Taniya Dutta
This is the hilarious moment an adorable lamb provokes a dog, her best friend, to lock horns only to lose the fight at the end.
Tillu, an Indian mongrel, and Mimi, a little lamb were captured engaging in a fight that lasted for almost two minutes all in the name of fun.
The unusual friends, both rescues, live in a sprawling organic farm called Peepal Farm, a stray animal recovery center in Dharamsala in the foothills of Himalaya.
Mimi is the only lamb among 33 dogs and thinks they are part of her herd and hence the horn fights.
Joellen Anderson, the Co-founder of the Peepal Farm, said: “Mimi is the only lamb that we have among 33 dogs who are either permanent residents, recovering strays, or dogs for adoption.
“That is why Mimi likes other animals so much, because she thinks they are part of her herd since she doesn’t have other sheep.
“Mimi and Tillu are good friends. In fact, Tillu actually protects her from other dogs. He is like a traffic officer with the animals, making sure everyone is safe and plays nicely.
Joellen says it is an usual friendship because most often dogs will chase sheep and bite them.
She says: “But Tillu and Mimi are different. They always play for fun, and they are good friends. They are very gentle with each other.
“Their “fights” are always play, like children who wrestle. I have never seen them be aggressive with each other.
“They will play anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.”
The five year old dog was attacked by a leopard and had a severe wound on the face where as Mimi was dumped by her owner when she developed severe eye infections in both eyes.
“They didn’t want to pay for her treatment and she was too small to be killed for meat.”
But Tillu, who has been living in the farms for three months, will soon be traveling to his forever home with one of the volunteers from Israel as soon as he has healed.
Started in December 2014 by three co-founders, two Indians and one American, the animal recovery centre rescues injured stray dogs, cows, horses, sheep, pigs, and other animals; and once they are healed they either return to where the volunteers caught them or – if they find an adopter – they go to a forever home.
There is a large house for residents, guests, and volunteers, a clinic and housing for the animals, a farm to provide food for ourselves and the animals, and a product line to help support their rescue work (http://peepalfarm.org/shop).
Joellen said: “We have between 3 and 4 volunteers at one time, who help us with animal enrichment like dog walks and brushing all the animals as well as assist staff with the daily routine like cleaning, feeding, and more.
“We have about 14 people on staff, who take care of everything from caring for the animals, to working in the farm, to creating the products.”