Sheep outwits cattle grid


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#2

there’s something extremely peaceful, comforting and satisfying about this; i can watch it over and over again.


#3

In Saskatchewan, these are called “Texas gates”. I’ve heard that in Texas they’re called “Saskatchewan gates”. Can a Texan confirm?


#4

Harold.


#5

There was somewhere in the North of England where sheep kept getting past cattle grids. Eventually with the help of a hidden camera it was realised that the sheep were lying on their backs and rolling over.

It appears that sheep are finally evolving intelligence… we are all doomed


#6

[ovine plummeting sound]


#7

From what i’ve witnessed on trips to wales/scotland, sheep seem to re-allocate all intelligence devoted to self-preservation into escaping from their fields :wink:

Hence the many sheep found eating from grass verges with their arse in the middle of the road on blind corners and so on!


#8

I’ve never been so proud of being a sheeple.


#9

I’m an American who can say that Saskatchewan is probably too long a word for most Texans


#10

So, sheep are smarter than cattle or they just have smaller feet?


#11

It looks (s)he is stepping on something just below the cattle grid, rather than the grid itself. Maybe a load of rubbish or dirt has built up beneath it.


#12

uh, not that I ever heard. always called them “cattle guards.”

Few folks where I grew up had even heard the word “Saskatchewan.” I was the geography star of my elementary school, and couldn’t place it on map until after I visited Calgary – and I’m still not sure pronounce it right.

BTW, it’s completely non-interesting that sheep, which were domesticated from a sure-footed mountain herbivores, can cross a cattle guard. Lots of animals can, including a surprising number of cattle.

(why yes – I am Native Texan: Born in San Angelo, lived for a while in San Antonio, mostly grew up in Denton, spent four glorious years at UT Austin, and am not at all happy about last week’s loss to UCLA).


#13

Isn’t that some sort of oriental food?

(my imagined TX response)


#14

Being a city boy, I am not familiar with these, but would that trick work if the ditch was deeper?


#15

Which is why I was skeptical and asked the question in the first place. I figured that, if it was true, some marketer was looking for an exotic name: Saskatchewan would certainly sound exotic to a Texan…


#16

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I think several us, my much younger self included, thought Saskatchewan was another version of this guy


#17

It’s not that “Saskatchewan” it too long to pronounce, it’s that its a waste of time to expend so much breath on some place so inconsequential.


#18

To offend editors everywhere the head should read: “Shear delight for sheep going over in stile.”

(cattle grid = stile) a kind of archaic word but one type is still recognized by most folks – turnstile.


#19

I suspect that sheep, being descendants of mountain dwellers, have better depth perception than cattle.

I don’t know how well they work, but I have seen cattle guards painted on Oregon highways.


#20

Our passive anti-sheep defenses have failed us!