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Have You Seen This? Rescued sheep needs a little more rescuing than planned

By Martha Ostergar, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Apr. 18, 2021 at 2:25 p.m.



THE FARM — Sheep aren't known to be the smartest animal in the barnyard, and a panicked sheep is downright chaos wrapped in warm, fluffy wool.

In the hierarchy of the barnyard brains, many horses and pigs will outsmart you every day of the week. On the other end of the scale, I've heard more than one person with relevant knowledge claim that even chickens are above sheep on the intelligence scale.

Some of you may vehemently disagree (please don't yell at me in the comments.) But the featured video in this article is hard to argue with.

The video starts with a sheep trapped face-down in some sort of narrow trench. Its woolly bum and back legs are all you can see.

That in and of itself is not a black mark on sheep intelligence. Any person or animal can accidentally step into something they didn't see for any number of reasons, such as a cute sheep in the next pen or the sudden guttural sound of a starting tractor.

But when a boy takes the sheep by the hind leg and yanks it free, the sheep takes two jumps and promptly dives headfirst back into the trench a few feet away.

Granted, it is a stressful situation for the sheep, and it's obvious that it's a bit panicked, but it clearly didn't learn any lessons. Or to be more generous, perhaps the sheep is the unluckiest sheep in the whole world. The Wile E. Coyote of the herd, if you will.

Whether it's bad luck or dumbness, the video is absolutely hysterical. I may have watched it a dozen times and laughed just as hard as the first time I saw it.

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