Two sheep join Okinawa Zoo and Museum
January 1, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
This year is the year of the Sheep in Chinese astrology. Two sheep from a pasture in Kyushu have joined the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. One is a two-year-old male and the other is four-year-old female.
The sheep have 100 percent natural wool and adorable eyes. Being pack animals, they always huddle close when feeding on grass.
The sheep will be shown to the public at the zoo’s Fureai Open Space from the end of January. Yuko Tsuchida who is in charge of the open space, said, “The sheep’s voice is deeper than a goat’s voice. I hope many people will visit to see the sheep.”
The sheep’s names are not yet decided. The zoo will start accepting name suggestions from the general public from January 2 to 4. Visitors can put suggestions into ballot boxes at the zoo.
The sheep are horn-less Corriedale sheep and were born in the United Kingdom.
Zoo staff member Akari Shinjo said, “I am concerned about body temperature change in the animals during the summer because I heard that sheep are vulnerable to heat and humidity.
The zoo is holding an Oriental Zodiac exhibit that has an explanation of features of sheep in a special exhibition room. It goes until January 31.
(English translation by T&CT)
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