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SHEEP (B)

Sheep

 

6. Sheep are known to self-medicate when they have some illnesses. They will eat specific plants when ill that can cure them.

7. Sheep are precocial (highly independent from birth) and gregarious (like to be in a group).

 

8. Female sheep (ewes) are very caring mothers and form deep bonds with their lambs that can recognise them by their call (bleat) when they wander too far away.

9. Wild sheep tend to be larger than domesticated species, the largest (Argali) being 1.2 metres tall. They also have longer horns which they use to defend themselves from predators.

10. The meat of sheep is widely eaten by people across the world. Sheep milk is also drunk and used to make other products such as cheese.

11. Sheep have a field of vision of around 300 degrees, allowing them to see behind themselves without having to turn their head.

12. Cattle and sheep have what is known as a ‘ruminant’ stomach, consisting of four different chambers, each with a specified function.

13. Their milk is used to produce gourmet cheeses.

14. Sheep like to stay close to others in a herd which makes them easier to move together to new pastures.

Just a few amazing facts about sheep, that you should know. They are fascinating animals, aren’t they?

 

 

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