I’ve had several enquiries from people interested in knowing about sheep (several of which are thinking they might perhaps like to have some in the future) so I thought there may be more people that just might be interested in knowing what they really are like.
First and foremost sheep are prey animals always fully expecting to be eaten. Not only is this their “ state of mind” and instinctive behavioral pattern, but it also explains several aspects of their anatomy. Probably some of their most significant “prey animal anatomic features” include the shape of their head, length of neck, placement of their eyes, as well as their eyes themselves.
Unlike predator animals such as humans (and most of the animals we keep as pets, such as dogs and cats), sheep have their eyes located on the sides of their head not at the front like ours are. Their eyes are also positioned towards the tops of their heads (handy when you spend a lot of your time with your head to the ground eating). Eyes on the sides of one’s head along with a neck that allows you to easily turn your head quickly to look behind you without moving your body or feet makes it very easy to constantly check to make sure nothing is behind you eyeing you up as their next potential meal. A quick 2 second glance back and then back to the business at hand more or less defines a sheep’s day particularly when they are in places where they feel insecure such as in an open field even a few yards from shelter.