This counting is a waste of time!
Twelve days straight, dozens of sheep wandered in circles around northern China’s Inner Mongolia region.
Surveillance video captured the bizarre behavior of large flocks marching in a clockwise circle around a farm.
Other sheep can be seen outside the rotation, while others may stand motionless in its center.
The bizarre scene was captured by People’s Daily in China. It was tweeted Wednesday. People’s Daily reported that the sheep were perfectly healthy and the reason for the behavior is still unknown.
Metro reported that Ms. Miao was the sheep owner. She claimed that the show started with just a few sheep, before the entire flock joined in. The farm has 34 sheep pen, but only 13 of them have been acting in this manner.
Since Nov. 4, they’ve been moving around a lot. It is not clear if they stop for food or drinks.
Some speculate that the sheep’s behavior may be due to a bacterial disease named Listeriosis, also known as “circling diseases.”
Affected animals may be anorectic, depressed and disoriented at first. According to the Merck Manual , they may push themselves into corners, lean on stationary objects or circle towards the affected side.
According to the Merck Manual, outbreaks are usually caused by spoiled or low quality silage. However, in sheep and goats, death is usually within 24 to 48 hours of noticing symptoms.