Interesting Facts About Sheep

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  • Sheep don’t like to walk in water or move through narrow openings. They prefer to move into the wind and uphill than down wind and downhill.
  • The Cretan sheep, noted for their long horns.
  • Thin wool is called fine wool, and thick wool is called coarse wool.
  • Adult male sheep are known as rams or bucks.
  • Sheep are known to self-medicate when they have some illnesses. They will eat specific plants which can cure them.
  • Wild sheep tend to be larger than domesticated species, the largest (Argali) being 1.2m tall. They also have longer horns which they use to defend themselves from predators.
  • Adult female sheep are known as ewes.
  • Not only can sheep recognize up to 50 other sheep faces and remember them for 2 years, but they can also recognize human faces.
  • The sheep industry began in central Asia over 10,000 years ago. Spinning started in 3500 B.C.E.
  • Sheep are timid, nervous and easily frightened animals and for the most part defenseless against predators like coyotes and wild dogs.

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