Heard The Joke About Kiwis and Sheep?

People tell jokes about New Zealanders and sheep. They say there are more sheep than New Zealanders in NZ.

All my kids were born in New Zealand so they are bona fide Kiwis. But we left NZ when our daughter was one and a half.

She’s four now and spent 18 months in Central America where she became a real jungle girl. She can recognise the four different types of monkey that live in Costa Rica and name them in spanish and english. She is au fait with all the birds, animals and bugs of Central America: rhinoceros beatles, bats, snakes, sloths. She has had close encounters with all of them.

We live in Australia now and last week she wanted to go to a petting farm where a revelation took place. She pointed at a calf:

“What’s that Mummy?”

I was suprised. As a baby she learned to point at animals in books and moo, baa or crow accordingly. Now, she couldn’t recognise a cow. I’m English, you can’t get much more basic than a cow.

“It’s a cow,” I said.

Then she pointed at a goat which was the same colour as the calf.

“What’s that?”

“It’s a goat!” I said stunned.

Then she turned to the sheep.

“What’s that?”

She must be the only New Zealander in the world who doesn’t even know what a sheep looks like.

I’ve set her right now and told her that’s where those yummy lamb chops come from.

Still, this time I think the joke was on me.

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  1. Gordie Rogers October 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I’m a Kiwi, and we have about 40 million sheep and about 4 million people. In the early 80’s we had 60 million sheep and only 3 million people. Lol!

  2. teresa October 9, 2009 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    hahaha that’s so funny…I was imagining your face when she did this…classic! Miss you!

  3. Connie October 9, 2009 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Lamb is my guilty pleasure – YUM!

  4. Mary Ellen Walsh October 10, 2009 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Very cool website. Hope you are living your dream.

  5. Kim October 11, 2009 at 5:17 am - Reply

    This calls for drastic measures! Run out and get Kiara a copy of Sandra Boynton’s Barnyard Dance!
    It’s the girls favorite: with a neigh and a moo and a cockadoodledoo, everybody promenade two by two!!

    Love, Kim,A1 and A2

  6. Annabel Candy October 12, 2009 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Yes, definitely uncovered a shocking gap in my child’s education here!

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