I will never forget the 19th of August 2001. Because on that dreadful day while at a local “City Zoo” I was in a field full of sheep (that I was feeding with a bag of seeds or whatever they gave me) when one decided it would be funny to “head butt” me over a fence, snagging my trousers on the way over and exposing my bare, rare end to all within range of my own high pitched calls for help! I felt so embarrassed, but the farmer tried to comfort me be saying that it happens to him all the time and that sheep are actual as playful and fun loving as many a dog! So maybe we should find out if sheep really are as “fun” as that farmer suggests, by finding out just what is…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Sheep
10 – OK, plush lambs racing on the back of sheep is quite funny indeed.
FACT: There are four main products that we get from sheep 1> lamb which is meat from sheep younger than 14 months 2> mutton meat which is from a sheep older than 14 months, 3> wool and 4> is sheep’s milk!
9 – Well that isn’t funny at all!
FACT: It is kind of gross, but parts of a sheep can also be found in tennis rackets strings, candles, soap and most cosmetics and skincare products!
8 – “Good day to you sir, I was looking for some funny sheep have you seen any?”
FACT: Sheep’s milk is perfect for making cheese as it contains much higher levels of calcium, vitamins A, B and E than cows milk! So maybe it is time to think about swapping.
7 – I will admit that sheep in snow is quite amusing.
FACT: Sheep have 360 degrees peripheral vision! Due to their extra large, rectangular pupils, they can, in fact, see behind themselves without turning their heads! Better vision in fact than an owl!
6 – Now that is what I call a “spring” lamb!
FACT: Merino sheep are so highly valued in Spain (because they produce Merino wool) that until the 18th century it was a crime to exporting sheep, punishable by death!
5 – “Well if I can’t wear a woolly hat, who can?!?”
FACT: Most of us know this fact, but here it is anyway: Dolly a Finnish Dorset sheep, was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell and was named after the singer Dolly Parton!
4 – “I’m just here for the music that is all, now move on you, young whippersnapper!”
FACT: A male sheep is called a “ram” or “buck”, a female sheep is called an “ewe” and a castrated male sheep is called a “weather!”
3 – “Hey! I heard you are looking for funny sheep!? Well, go away you won’t find any.”
FACT: It is estimated that there are over 1 billion sheep in the world! That is enough to feed every man, woman and child on the planet for a whole week!
2 – I will admit it, this one really did make me laugh!
FACT: The digestive system of sheep is very much like that of a cow, in which it features 4 separate chambers that help the animal break down what they eat.
1 – A sheep that is so happy it’s contagious!
FACT: The top two largest lamb exporters in the world (Australia and New Zealand) export an average of 4.1 million tons of lamb and mutton each and every month!