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How these rare sheep ended up with ‘attractive pink hairdos’

A British farmer says his flock of rare sheep have change into “trend icons all world wide.”

“We purchased a brand new sheep feeder, and I seen after I walked previous them within the area that a whole lot of them had pink heads,” Richard Nicholson, proprietor of Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley, U.Okay., informed As It Happens host Nil Köksal. 

“I did not put two and two collectively initially.”

The feeder is vibrant pink, and Nicholson believes the paint has been rubbing off on his flock whereas they feed. 

“They’ve obtained very engaging pink hairdos now, so we’re fairly happy with that,” he mentioned.

The sheep, he says, look like happy as effectively.

“I feel they take pleasure in it. I’ve seen them skipping round within the area in the present day,” Nicholson mentioned.

A flock of Valais blacknose sheep on a British farm, all of them sporting vibrant pink hairdos. (Submitted by Richard Nicholson )

Nicholson owns a flock of Valais blacknose sheep, a rare breed initially from the Swiss Alps. Sometimes known as “the cutest sheep on the earth,” they’re shaggy and white throughout, besides for his or her jet-black faces and matching spots on their legs. 

They had been traditionally raised for each meat and wool, however Nicholson says he sells them largely to individuals who wish to preserve them round as companions.

“We’ve been breeding them to attempt to deliver the numbers again up once more, and lots of people are shopping for them simply because they give the impression of being so engaging within the fields,” he mentioned.

“For some time, we had been promoting a whole lot of llamas and alpacas as unique pets, however now it appears to be Swiss Valais sheep that they are going for.”

It’s no thriller why, he says.

“They are fairly enjoyable animals to look at,” he mentioned. “Sometimes, you will discover them sticking their tongue out at you.”

Side-by-side pictures. On the left, a woman with reddish-blonde hair with splotches of bright pink looks over her shoulder toward the right. On the right, a group of shaggy white sheep black faces and pink curls on their heads.
Farmer Richard Nicholson in contrast his pink-haired sheep to Debbie Harry from the American rock band Blondie. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters, Submitted by Richard Nicholson)

The pink hair possible is not everlasting, however Nicholson joked he might need to maintain portray their feeder totally different colors to provide new coifs.

But he says there’s one thing particular in regards to the pink.

“They [look] a bit like Blondie within the Nineteen Seventies,” he mentioned, referring to the U.S. rock band’s lead singer, Debbie Harry. “She used to have a little bit of a pink tint to her hair, they usually look rather a lot like her.”

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