Announcer: Today we go in search of a strange and little-understood species in the sheep world. Not just an average stand-around-in-the-pasture sort of sheep. This little creature is incredibly rare and was thought to be extinct until very recently, when it was miraculously spotted on a small farm in Nova Scotia. We join the farm's shepherdess for an interview to learn more. So, tell us, how long have you lived here?
Shepherdess: Well, just a few months really. Before that, the property was rather overgrown and not well cared for. I think its condition made it an attractive home for the jungle sheep.
Announcer: Amazing! You must be thrilled to have this creature living on your farm!
Shepherdess: Indeed I am. I hope they will be happy here!
Announcer: When did you first notice their presence?
Shepherdess: Well, I saw some unusual droppings...
Announcer: Excellent! Have you taken samples for the museums of the world?
Shepherdess: Errr...no. Not yet. Anyway, then I heard some snuffling and saw some flashes of grey or black in the woods.
Announcer: Wow! Can you please replicate the snuffling sound for our viewers?
Shepherdess: Well, um, like this... snorty-snorty-whoosh-whoosh-snort....baaaaaaaa.
Announcer: (enthralled) Imagine that! You've just heard it here folks, the long lost sound of the Nova Scotia Jungle Sheep. Tell us more about the flashes of grey and black!
Shepherdess: I took some photographs, I have them here:
Announcer: Startling! You must have been very afraid.
Shepherdess: Well, not really, they're quite small and innocent. Not at all aggressive. They are a bit shy really. I had to put up some special hidden cameras after that, to get better evidence of their presence. They were always hiding when I wanted to photograph them.
Announcer: Remarkable! Were you worried that the sheep would destroy the cameras, perhaps eating them or viciously shredding them to pieces?
Shepherdess: Definitely not, sheep are very gentle creatures.
Announcer: (with some tone of disappointment) Oh, yes I see. Soooo, did you get any pictures with the hidden cameras?
Shepherdess: Yes, I did! Here, you can see the male of the species hiding within the jungle foliage.
Here he is eating a leaf.
Announcer: Wow, just look at those powerful jaws!
Shepherdess: Errrr....yes, well, here is the female of the species. You can see her lighter fleece colour. She is considering eating some leaves from the shrub I believe.
Announcer: Incredible, she's about to totally destroy that tree! What a shot!
Shepherdess: (rolls eyes) She's only about 35 pounds, quite small really. Very gentle.
Announcer: Do they climb trees?
Shepherdess: No, they lie down under trees, to rest.
Announcer: Stupendous! You've seen them resting then! And do they fight amongst themselves?
Shepherdess: Not at all, they co-exist peacefully together, as you can see here.
(OK, so they're not REALLY the elusive jungle sheep. They are my absolutely adorable new lambs from Hidden Meadow Farm. Both are 3/4 Cotswold and 1/4 Shetland and 100% lovable! I am soooo excited to have started a new flock of sheep here in Nova Scotia, after the sadness of leaving my sheep in Iowa. The Cotswold-Shetland fleeces are oh-so-crimpy and bouncy - they will be superb yarns in future! )