Every once in a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it.
There are many reason she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind. The little lambs will hang their hands so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken.
These lambs are called “ bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone.