The week in sheep

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It’s been an unusually busy week for our favourite woolly wonders, so we’re bringing you into the fold with all the news fit to bleat.

1. Google Sheep View – find flocks from your desk

Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like: Google Sheep View searches Google Street View for sheep on the lam(b), and rounds them up for you. Like all the best ideas, it came out of a Freudian slip: the site’s co-creator Ding Ren told Mashable, “I was asking Mike to look something up on Google Street View and said Google Sheep View by mistake and didn’t even realise it. Guess I just always have sheep on the mind.”

Featured flocks come from all over the place: Wales, New Zealand and the hilly bits of England are well-represented, of course, but Sardinia, Taiwan and Chile make an appearance too.

Some of our favourites:

You’ll find Google Sheep View on Tumblr. Obviously.

2. King Lear with an all-sheep cast

This might be the best play description we’ve ever read:

“…A stubborn director is trying to put on a production of King Lear with a cast composed solely of sheep. As expected, his actors are both silent and mutinous. Much chaos ensues. King Lear with Sheep is an experimental re-evaluation of its famous predecessor that overturns theatrical conventions through the startling and revolutionary device of costumed sheep.”

Shear madness.

The play runs for 5 days (12th-16th August) at the Courtyard Theatre in London. Tickets cost £10 from TicketWeb, and amazingly haven’t sold out yet. You’d be baa-my to miss it.

3. The world’s cutest sheep comes to Wales

The BBC reports that the utterly adorable Valais Blacknose sheep has made its debut in Wales this week. Looking like a race-flipped version of Dougal from the Magic Roundabout while sounding like the ovine equivalent of Barry White, this cute-as-a-mutton breed hails from the Swiss mountains.

Image: storebukkebruse on Flickr

Watch the video here – sound essential.

That’s it from the world of newsworthy sheep this time – join us again for The Week in Sheep. Possibly.

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