Between a Flock and a Barred-Place!

"LOOK BACK" at our favourite posts! (No 1 - 23 Feb 2014)

They say sheep spend their entire lives thinking of ways to die - this one gets full marks for ingenuity!

a sheep which has become trapped between a fence and a hedge

When Gill and I were putting the dogs away after their run this morning, we heard a sheep calling. It sounded as though she was unusually close (normally the sheep give the dogs a wide berth) so I glanced out through the hedge, but there was no sign of any sheep, so I assumed she'd gone back to the others at the far corner of the field.

A few moments later however, we heard another call from precisely the same direction, so I went out into the field to investigate and was amazed to see the poor woolly creature very firmly trapped between the bars of an old iron fence and the hedge. It looks as though the bars of the fence go right through her, but they are only squeezing her hard.

Rear view of the trapped sheep, showing how she found her way between fence and hedge

In its search for fresh food, the sheep had pushed herself between the hedge and the fence, and because bars of the iron fence are so rigid, she was unable to reverse back out again.

Fortunately, these young Welsh Mules are not very heavy, because she was stuck so fast, the only way I could get her out without assistance was to lift her vertically over the fence. She wasn't in the least bit grateful and struggled like mad, but I insisted on checking her over before I released her. There was no sign of physical harm done so I released her and I wouldn't have thought it possible but as she wandered back to the flock she looked decidedly embarrassed!

The sheep was physically unharmed and recovered fully from her ordeal but I wonder how long the poor girl had been there - it could have been all night! First posted 23 Feb 2014

One Reply to “Between a Flock and a Barred-Place!”

  1. I can still remember my dad saying that sheep only think about 2 things. One is a way to escape and the other is how to commit hari cari. Guess you mule was trying to do both at the same time.

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