A Few Amazing Facts About Sheep

December 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM 1 comment

Don’t ask me how in the world I landed on this article but I’m glad I did.  It’s actually more interesting than the headline implies:  Shepherds Watch Their Flocks at Night, All Seated in Their 4x4s.

Sheep via Wikipedia

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As in this:

Snow, he continued, blows in on sheep sheltering behind a wall, dropping down in the lee and forming drifts. Once it’s banked up, they’re trapped. Yet they can survive two or three weeks under the snow by eating their own wool and the fleeces of other sheep.

Now that’s impressive.

And this:

“We once went to friends for Christmas Day during a bad winter,” another hill farmer told me. “We arrived, sat down, ate dinner, then got up, came home and I went up the fell. We didn’t even stop to wash up: your sheep need you in snow.”

How does being buried alive affect lambs in the womb? The answer, he said, is “remarkably little”, considering the deprivations their mothers endure under snowdrifts.

Who knew?




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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. coconutspeak  |  December 30, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Very interesting and educational.

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