Most people think that sheep are sweet little creatures that wouldn’t harm a fly. They are not that way in my experience. I was very familiar with cows while growing up on the farm but I had never encountered sheep until our neighbor needed some help due to an injury. Sheep seemed like kind of weak little things when compared to cows so I was not worried about being able to load them onto a truck.
Our neighbor was completely unable to help me with loading the sheep so I was on my own for this procedure. He had about ten sheep so I decided to herd them into a long narrow walking area and bring them to the truck one at a time with a rope. I got them herded into the long narrow area easily enough but when they saw a rope they all charged me simultaneously.
It amazes me how high a sheep can jump. The first one jumped completely over me while I was trying to rope another sheep. The next one knocked me down by jumping directly into me at a full speed run. The rest of them saw their chance and tried to trample me to death while escaping. I covered my eyes and head while they passed over me. Fortunately they didn’t hit anything too vital or I might have been singing soprano for the rest of my life.
I didn’t look very pretty after that episode but I got up and dusted myself off. Eventually I finally got those sheep on the truck one at a time by locking them in different pens to rope them. I still have something embedded low in my left leg that hurts a little if you push on it. This proves that the Bible is highly accurate when it says sheep will not follow someone they do not know.
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