Some famous sheep names include Dolly, Shrek and Lucky. Dolly was the world's first cloned mammal, Shrek was the name of a sheep in New Zealand that had not been sheared for six years, and Lucky was the world's oldest sheep when the animal died in November 2009.Know More
Dolly was born July 5, 1996, in Scotland after 276 unsuccessful attempts at cloning a sheep. Dolly was cloned from a 6-year-old ewe, and the famous sheep gave birth to six lambs over her lifetime. Upon her death, Dolly was stuffed and put on display at the Royal Museum of Scotland.
Shrek lived in New Zealand and had 60 pounds of fleece removed after going six years without being sheared. The rogue sheep escaped notice every spring because it lived in a cave. Shrek was completely sheared in 30 minutes on live television, and the proceeds from the sale of his fleece went to children's charities.
Lucky was the world's oldest sheep when she died in Australia in 2009 at 23. She passed away during a brutal Australian heat wave. Twiggy, a black-faced ewe, died just short of her 26th birthday in 2012 after falling from a cliff on Great Britain's Western Isles. Twiggy's owner didn't register the animal's vital statistics with Guinness World Records, therefore Twiggy's age is not an official record.Learn more in Barnyard Mammals
A sheep's diet consists mainly of pasture plants, including grass, forbs and clovers. If there is enough pasture available to the sheep, and the climate permits year-round grazing, no additional food may be needed. If there is not enough forage available, a sheep's diet can be supplemented with items like high-quality hay and grain feed.Full Answer >
A female sheep is called a "ewe," a docile creature of high intelligence. Female sheep weigh between 150 and 200 pounds, and reach sexual maturity around 6 months depending on the breed, the type of nutrition available and the season in which they were born.Full Answer >
Sheep live between 10 and 12 years in the wild. The longest-lived sheep in the world, according to Guinness World Records, was a Merino sheep who was 23 when she died.Full Answer >
Sheep are pregnant from 142 to 152 days with the average gestation period being 147 days. Breed differences have an effect on the length of gestation, making it somewhat shorter or longer than the average. For instance, Finnsheep have shorter pregnancies than Rambouillet sheep.Full Answer >