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Sheep are super intelligent. They can remember the faces of over 50 other sheep and recognise a friend even after being separated for years.

Animal Profile

 

Lifespan

Sheep usually live for up to 12 years.

Nose

A sheep has an excellent sense of smell which they can use to detect predators and find their young.

Size

A sheep can grow to weigh over 100 kg.

Hooves

Sheep have scent glands between their hooves which leaves their smell on the ground for other sheep to follow them.

Teeth

Adult sheep have 32 teeth and a dental pad which helps them tear at grass.

Intelligence

Sheep are very smart; they can solve problems and even find their way out of a maze.

Did you know?

A female sheep is called a ewe (pronounced ‘you’). The leader of a sheep flock is not the strongest male, as with many other animals, but is an elderly female.

Have ewe any wool?

A sheep’s wool is amazing; it keeps them warm in cold weather and cools them in warmer weather.

Did you know?

Sheep were domesticated between 10,000 and 11,000 years ago.

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