walkhighlands

Record your sightings of wildlife and birds on this board - even better if you managed to capture a photo.
Warning Please avoid giving out the locations of nest sites for rare birds.

wild sheep - I think

wild sheep - I think


Postby sanityclause » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:49 am

Having successfully navigated both Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh on Saturday, we decided to walk down into Rannoch Moor on the Sunday, came across a few of these animals, of course a discussion ensued (as it does!) about, whether they were sheep or goats - I suspect sheep, albeit they are half the size of their domesticated cousins.

Anyone confirm?
Attachments
Glencoe day 2 III 17 11 19.jpg
sanityclause
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Nov 18, 2019

Re: wild sheep - I think

Postby CharlesT » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:58 pm

It's a sheep. Most likely a Soay, but could be a Hebridean, they are quite similar.
User avatar
CharlesT
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 3527
Munros:156   Corbetts:2
Hewitts:261
Wainwrights:214   Islands:2
Joined: Dec 22, 2011
Location: West Oxfordshire

Re: wild sheep - I think

Postby Caberfeidh » Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:04 pm

CharlesT wrote:It's a sheep. Most likely a Soay, but could be a Hebridean, they are quite similar.


Yeh, what Charles said. They are an ancient breed, probably brought to Scotland during Norse times, possibly even earlier. Some grow multiple horns, I think eight or nine is the most horns found on one sheep, they look really weird.

sheep monster.JPG
Killer Sheep Monster
User avatar
Caberfeidh
Stravaiging
 
Posts: 7126
Joined: Feb 5, 2009

Re: wild sheep - I think

Postby calumjhogg » Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:51 pm

Definitely Soay Sheep, think they are owned by Black Corries Estate
calumjhogg
Stravaiging
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Jan 21, 2019

Re: wild sheep - I think

Postby Bimbling » Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:02 pm

I don't know for sure this is true, but I'm sure I read/heard that the iris in a sheep's eye is horizontal and in a goat, vertical.
Bimbling
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 7
Munros:196   Corbetts:18
Grahams:8   Donalds:4
Islands:44
Joined: Apr 2, 2016
Location: Perthshire

Re: wild sheep - I think

Postby StevieC » Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:33 pm

Bimbling wrote:I don't know for sure this is true, but I'm sure I read/heard that the iris in a sheep's eye is horizontal and in a goat, vertical.


I seem to remember they covered this on QI (I think), and they said a goat's tail sticks up whereas a sheep's tail hangs down...
StevieC
Hill Bagger
 
Posts: 304
Munros:68   Corbetts:6
Grahams:3   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:7   
Wainwrights:1   Islands:17
Joined: Apr 3, 2013

Re: wild sheep - I think

Postby CharlesT » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:58 pm

Bimbling wrote:I don't know for sure this is true, but I'm sure I read/heard that the iris in a sheep's eye is horizontal and in a goat, vertical.


Both sheep and goats have horizontal rectangular eyes. As prey species this allows them a wider field of view, an aid to avoiding predators.
User avatar
CharlesT
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 3527
Munros:156   Corbetts:2
Hewitts:261
Wainwrights:214   Islands:2
Joined: Dec 22, 2011
Location: West Oxfordshire

Re: wild sheep - I think

Postby CharlesT » Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:01 pm

StevieC wrote:I seem to remember they covered this on QI (I think), and they said a goat's tail sticks up whereas a sheep's tail hangs down...


That is correct.
User avatar
CharlesT
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 3527
Munros:156   Corbetts:2
Hewitts:261
Wainwrights:214   Islands:2
Joined: Dec 22, 2011
Location: West Oxfordshire




Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Wildlife sightings

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Innes and 4 guests