10th September 2005
Freeman by name Freeman by nature. This cheeky faced young southdown cross lamb was named after a brave and courageous young man. (His story to follow).
Freeman, the orphan lamb was a stoic little fellow. He had often been seen sitting next to the body of another lamb; his dead companion. On several occasions we tried to befriend the little chap but he saw us as a threat – much like wild dogs or foxes which are a sheep’s natural enemy and to be avoided at all costs. We told the farmer of his plight and he said that ‘if you can catch him, you can have him’. But could we get him in time.
Several attempts were made but to no avail. Undeterred we would travel back to the place where Freeman had taken refuge and sure enough he would be sitting there next to the now decomposing carcass, the mere sight of us making him flee.
One night at dusk, three would be rescuers sought to liberate Freeman. We gave chase but the little fellow was resilient despite his weakening state of health. Dejected, we sat in silence all the way home and pondered how much longer could this little fellow survive on his own. IT was only a matter of time before a predator, or starvation, took him as his sprints were decreasing in their ferocity. But serendipity stepped in the next day we went looking for Freeman; he was standing behind a tree looking left so we deftly made a dash from the right, and what came next would have made Banjo Paterson proud!
And to his brave namesake – Freeman Treblicock, a young man whom we met around the same time of Freeman lamb’s rescue, was a student at the Daylesford Secondary College. Freeman Treblicock, in the tradition of the Emperor’s New Clothes, spoke out against a terrible injustice that was occurring right under his nose at the school. While it meant going against the grain of what was considered popular thought at the school, and enduring much ridicule and disdain, Freeman had to follow his heart. It was but a small price to pay for protecting the liberty of a pig named Charlotte whom the students had raised and was soon to be made into sausages for a school competition. Recognizing that Charlotte, the pig, was a friend and not food, saw Freeman boldly argue the case for sparing her life and that of a nameless steer. Alas, the ears of the scholastic institution were deaf to changing attitudes of compassion towards animals and Charlotte and the steer were both slaughtered. The passion and courage of Freeman touched the hearts of many and remains an inspiration for all. May the day well come when people such as Freeman Treblicock are congratulated not chastised.