Sheep were animals of sacrifice to God, back in the Old Testament, before the true Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, came into the world to be a once-and-for-all sacrifice for the sins of men (John 1:35-37, Hebrews 7:26-27, Hebrews 9:28).
Today, we’re known as the sheep of His pasture, hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd every day (Psalm 100:3, John 10:1-18).
Below are some interesting facts you should know about sheep:
- The scientific name for sheep is “Ovis aries.”
- Sheep have very good memories. They can remember at least 50 individual sheep and humans for years. They do this by using a similar neural process and part of the brain that humans use to remember.
- Research has shown/proven that sheep have emotions some of which can be studied by observing the position of their ears.
- Contrary to popular misconception, sheep are extremely intelligent animals, capable of problem solving. They are considered to have a similar IQ level to cattle and are nearly as clever as pigs.
- Like various other species, including humans, sheep make different vocalisations to communicate different emotions. They also display and recognise emotion by facial expressions.