Many animals are masters of disguise, able to disappear and to blend into their environment. But I bet you never thought that about little sheep. They are also great at hiding.
Domestic sheep have a magnificent ability to camouflage themselves with light, allowing them to disappear from view in the dirt fields. Little sheep have many predators such as bears and big cats so the ability to blend into the environment can be a life saver.
In the province of Saskatchewan, Canadian farmer Liezel Kennedy went to see her flock of sheep one morning as is her daily custom but Liezel could not find any of the little sheep anywhere.
There was supposed to be 500 little sheep grazing in the field but non were to be seen until Liezel started looking more closely. They were all there but extremely well camouflaged.
We challenge you to find at least one of the five hundred sheep lurking around in the picture below.
No luck finding the little sheep? Then try looking in The picture below
There are actually over five hundred little sheep hiding in these pictures. These pictures were taken by a sheep farmer in Canada after she thought her sheep had all disappeared. Turns out they were all just very well camouflaged.
When you see sheep against a green background such as grass they are very visible. But when they are in a more natural habitat they are able to camouflage themselves from predators.
Even without snow this herd of little sheep are quite hard to see.
Bonus Facts About Sheep
Sheep also have incredible eye sight and a huge field of vision. Their large, rectangular pupils allow them to see almost 360 degrees. This means they can actually see predators behind them without having to turn there heads.
Sheep are also the most common of large livestock, in countries such as New Zealand and Australia they have larger numbers than that of the human population. In fact in New Zealand there are twenty sheep for each human.
Did you know that these little sheep can recognize up to 50 other sheep faces. However, once they have been sheared sheep are no longer able to recognize each other and often fight for a few days to re-establish hierarchy. Even more surprising is that sheep can also recognize human faces.
Sheep are actually very gentle animals and were one of the first animals to be domesticated by man. They are able to build friendships with other ship, stick up for one another in fights, and feel sad when their friends are sent to slaughter. Sheep can even cry when they are sad.
Adult males are called Rams, whilst adult females are called Ewes. Baby sheep are called Lambs.
To make the strings of certain tennis rackets the guts of little sheep are used. The small intestines of eleven sheep are needed for one racket.
There are approximately 900 different species of sheep in the world.