Although the lamb in this image appears sleeping rather than dead, it likewise relates to the concept of the sacrificial lamb, a metaphor derived from Abrahamic religious traditions. Rankin is a North Carolina photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist who owns a 61-acre goat farm in rural Orange County. Upon discovering this dead kid, Rankin dug a hole to bury it while children added the surrounding flowers. Both the burial ritual and its documentation suggest peace and timeless grace.