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I came across an article on BBC on the internet in which it says that sheep are not stupid. So I have gone back to my sheep photos to choose one to accompany part of that article. The article in full is quite revealing about our misconceptions concerning sheep.

Reputation: Sheep are stupid, defenceless and harmless creatures that mope about on hillsides doing not very much. They are good for two things: being eaten and producing wool.


Reality: Sheep are actually surprisingly 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.

Intelligent. Complex. Sociable. All words we would quickly assign to humans, but would not dream of extending to sheep, those fluffy white creatures you see milling about in fields – or served up with mint sauce on your dinner plate.

Instead, we have decreed that sheep (Ovis aries) are just plain stupid. This opinion has not changed much since the 1700s, when George Washington, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, declared: "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

Nowadays, to be "a sheep" is to be someone who mindlessly follows others: "a waste of flesh and brain cells," as Urban Dictionary puts it.
The truth is that sheep are far smarter than we know.

The whole article can be found here:
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170418-sheep-are-not-stupid-and-they-are-not-helpless-either.
On the same page there is another article under the heading :The Surprising Genius of Chickens.
So if sheep are smart and sensitive and chickens are geniuses, then humans must be the dumb ones.

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  • Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6321] (28592)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2016-12-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2017-04-19 1:36
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