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200 sheep pile into garden
    2019-02-21  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

WITH its smart red brick walls, elegant patio doors and a gleaming BMW in the driveway, this semi-detached home looks the very picture of suburbia.

But briefly the back garden of Richard Brown was turned into a pastoral idyll — as a flock of 200 sheep descended upon it.

When one of the flock took a wrong turn into Brown’s driveway, it was soon joined by a couple hundred more.

The telecoms manager was left “shocked and bewildered” when he looked into his back garden to find it packed with the farm animals grazing on the lawn.

Their shepherdess — the aptly named Sally Shepherd, 27 — had been leading them through the village of Harrold, Bedfordshire in the U.K., from one field to another Friday. “We’d gone ahead and checked all the garden gates, so thought there was nowhere else for them to go but toward the right field,” she said.

“I was at the back with the dog, then we realized they’d started piling into someone’s garden. I swore a bit, then we ran down and had to start pushing them out, making lots of noise to drive them back.

“There were 400 in total and about half made it into the garden.”

Brown, 58, said, “I started to see all these white shapes appearing in the driveway. I was in a state of shock and bewilderment.”

Shepherd was able to coax the animals out of Brown’s garden after less than 10 minutes. Brown said, “There was a bit of panic but it wasn’t long before they were back on their way, and the farmer has been round to check everything is OK.”

Sheep have a strong instinct to walk after the animal in front and will even follow each other to the slaughter or off a cliff.

(SD-Agencies)

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