Hebridean Black-faced Sheep

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Hebridean Black-faced Sheep near Arnol (Isle of Lewis, Scotland)
Image: Dave Rintoul, Summer 2008 [larger view].
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0 Responses to Hebridean Black-faced Sheep

  1. Ian says:

    Is there any good reason why the front legs are so close together (to the point where the poor animal is almost knock-kneed!) whilst the rear ones are spaced appropriately (as far as I can see)?
    It looks a bit weird and I can’t decide if it’s just the way it’s standing, or if it’s some deformity in this one animal, or if evolution or in-breeding had some influence on the way those front legs are shaped.
    Okay, I made two serious copmments now, so sue me!

  2. it’s possible that the ram is standing like that because he is getting ready to .. erm, ram .. the photographer! okay, not sure, and i don’t know the answer to your question. it’s also possible that sheep are naturally knock-kneed ..