A strange round. Dozens of sheep circled for twelve straight days in Inner Mongolia. This strange behavior was filmed by surveillance videos from November 4th. In the images, we see the herd walking without stopping in a clockwise direction. Video of this scene was posted on Twitter by China’s state-run newspaper, “People’s Daily”.
The shepherdess, Mrs. Miao, explained that only a few sheep were circling at first, before being joined by the others. Another oddity: of the 34 sheepfolds on his farm, only the sheep from one of them showed this strange behavior.
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So how to explain it? Why did these ovidae start going around in circles? Veterinarians have put forward several hypotheses related to bacterial diseases caused by ingesting spoiled forage. Polycephaly, for example, parasitizes one of the hemispheres of the brain and can cause a movement in a circle, explain our colleagues from RFI. Just like another disease, listeriosis.
But, according to the shepherdess, the sheep are in perfect health. In addition, listeriosis is a fatal disease within three days and the animals turned for almost two weeks. So the mystery remains.