Facts about sheep

Sheep are an extremely common agricultural animal, important for the economy of many countries. In the era of great geographical discoveries, seafarers brought sheep to many countries, where the latter were very well established. However, the history of these animals is much longer – domesticated them a long time ago, so that humanity should be grateful to them.

  • Sheep are one of very few living things that have rectangular pupils.
  • Strangely enough, experiments have confirmed that sheep have excellent memory.
  • In Russian, speaking of sharp differences from others, they say “white crow”, and in many European countries in the course of the same in the meaning of the expression – “black sheep”.
  • Sheep have a very sharp hearing, so these creatures are afraid of sharp sounds.
  • These creatures are often born twins. By the way, newborn lambs recognize their mother by voice.
  • Sheep can not long exist alone. Without a herd, they fall into a state of anxiety, which only increases with time.
  • When and where the sheep were domesticated for the first time, it is very difficult to say for the prescription of years. Most scholars agree that it happened on the territory of modern Turkey 6-7 thousand years ago.
  • In total there are about six hundred different breeds of sheep in the world.
  • Until now, scientists can not create a synthetic analogue of sheep wool, not inferior to it in quality and preservation of heat.
  • Once in the open area, the sheep herd is frightened and gets into a heap. But the presence of a fence or a fence around them soothes.
  • One shearing of an adult sheep can yield up to 10 kg of wool.
  • The longest living sheep are snow sheep that can live up to 22-24 years.
  • Mountain rams are one of the few large mammals able to live at an altitude of more than 5 km above sea level.
  • One sheep of the most expensive breed can cost over a million dollars.
  • Sheep can interbreed with goats.
  • The first cloned scientist mammal was the famous Dolly lamb.
  • The expression “to stare like a sheep on a new gate” is due to the fact that once the soldiers of Ancient Rome smashed the gates of besieged cities with a ram, made in the form of a log, with a bronze head of a ram acting as a shock knob.