Soon one ewe got the name "Favorite" simply because she was the friendliest sheep and my daughter referred to her as her favorite sheep.
Here she is at one year of age, after her first shearing.
Favorite sheep became rather tame and would eat from your hand, but one day something went slightly wrong for Favorite sheep.
This was 2008, sheep were living with a donkey, llama, and miniature horses, including a miniature stallion. All seemed to be fine together, and even now we are not sure if she got kicked, or had a stroke. The only thing we do know is that one day she was not holding her ear correctly. This was the summer, we checked the sheep daily but otherwise left them alone for grazing, and as such the small flock often got flighty and avoided us, when in the winter they always would come around looking for oats and treats. Favorite otherwise looked fine, so we did not call the veterinarian at that time.
As time passed it was clear something had happened (xrays would have been expensive and finding out what happened really would not make a difference), however her tongue would hang from her mouth and it appeared she really did not have feeling in that side of her face, in fact food often builds up in her cheek and she spits it out regularly.
Favorite is at the front of the sheep, obviously still the "leader" of the other sheep, fast on her feet, but you can see she has something wrong when you look at her ear, eye, and face.
Now... I know most keepers would have culled her (sold her or shot her) but... we had already named her "Favorite" how could we do such a thing?