All On Account Of Lambs

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Never one to turn down a good thing, Sally (the lamb) eagerly attacks a bottle of milk being held by Angie Newbold, the receptionist at Hale Accounting.

Filing documents, entering figures into ledgers, talking with clients and apparently holding diaper-clad newborn lambs as they are being bottle-fed are duties at Hale Accounting in Payson.

Yes, lambs less than a month old have quasi-control of the Hale Accounting office at 904 S. Highway 87 in Payson.

Shelly Hale, owner and manager of the office, said that about two weeks ago, Ed Trembly and Beth Anne Tatum at Gisela Valley Farms Ranch, began noticing that the sheep were birthing in late winter rather than in the early spring as usual.

Hale said that because so many lambs were being born too early, the mothers were unable to feed them all.

Also, two of the late winter lambs lost their mothers and are now orphans.

After Hale, who lives next to the ranch in Gisela, found out about the trouble, she immediately adopted three of the lambs.

Each lamb drinks about 16 ounces of formula per day.

A couple of weeks ago, Hale said she brought them to the office so she could take care of them and they have been coming there every day ever since.

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Mindy Dorris holds Jud, a recently abandoned ewe. Associates at Hale Accounting decided something needed to be done for the lambs and adopted them, but now have the challenge of taking care of them.

Now, Hale and her coworkers have assumed the role of adoptive mothers.

"The lambs have already imprinted on myself and some of the girls here and follow them around wherever they go in the office," said Hale.

Hale cares for three of the lambs, Fanny Mae, Sally Mae and Ellie Mae, while her workplace cohort, Mindy Dorris, takes care of Pro, Tree and Jud at their homes when the women are not at the office.

To be honest, the lambs do not really have the run of Hale Accounting; after all, it is a place of business.

Hale and Dorris keep their foster lambs in playpens most of the time and let them run around the office in newborn diapers when customers are not there.

Some of Hale's office workers said they plan to adopt a lamb when they are old enough.

23-year-old Angie Newbold said she would probably take one of the lambs home with her as did Dorris.

Dorris said she would eventually enter hers in mutton bustin' events at the Payson Event Center during local rodeos.

Mutton bustin' is a rodeo event where young children ride sheep as long as they can.

Hale said that all of the lambs are up for adoption if anyone is interested.

For more information, call Tembly or Tatum at 474-1205.

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