10 Amazing facts about Sheep

What do you know about these animals?

  • Sheep are herbivores, which means their diets are plant-based. They typically eat seeds, grass and plants. 

  • Lambs can walk just minutes after they are born, though they are dependent on their mothers for the first four to six months of their lives. 

  • Not only can sheep recognize up to 50 other sheep faces and remember them for 2 years, but they can also recognize human faces. 

  • Sheep have excellent peripheral vision. Their large, rectangular pupils allow them to see almost 360 degrees. In fact, they can see behind themselves without turning their heads! 

  • Sheep are very gentle animals and were one of the first animals to be domesticated. 

  • When sheep experience stress or isolation, they show signs of depression similar to those that humans show by hanging their heads and avoiding positive actions.  

  • Like various other species, including humans, sheep make different vocalizations to communicate different emotions. They also display and recognise emotion by facial expressions. 

  • Sheep are intelligent, with impressive memory and recognition skills. They build friendships, stick up for one another in fights, and feel sad when their friends are sent to slaughter. 

  • Sheep are able to experience emotions such as fear, anger, rage, despair, boredom, disgust and happiness.  

  • They can differentiate facial expressions, and prefer a smile to a frown.