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An Image of Sheep

by Shiomi T.
(Tokyo)

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep

Do you know the Scottish Blackface sheep? It has a black face, and it is the most famous and popular species in the UK, including in Northern Ireland. It is considered a mountain sheep and has a long coat, and its wool fiber is 200~300 millimeters long.

So we could say that the blackface sheep is the most common sheep in UK. I didn't know that! :O

By the way, I'd like to focus on a little sheep named Shaun, the main character in a British animated children's TV show. "What a cutie he is!" My first impression was just that.

But I had come up with one question immediately. "Why is the sheep's body black, and why do his head and legs have no wool?"

In my imagination, sheep are all white, and their whole body is covered with wool, from their heads to their legs. For example, an image of New Zealand's sheep is one covered with wool on the whole body.

Nowadays we can see a lot of blackface sheep in Northern Ireland, which is an especially prosperous agricultural region.

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