Chinese government-run media People’s Daily tweeted a video of the strange occurrence and dubbed it the “great sheep mystery.” Hundreds of sheep walked in a circle for 12 days in China and nobody knows why.
In China, hundreds of sheep continued to walk inexplicably in a circle for 12 days. The strange behavior was caught on tape and is now widely popular online.
The flock of sheep reportedly circled a farm in Inner Mongolia, China, for about two weeks while moving in a clockwise direction.
There are reportedly 34 pens in all at the farm, according to their owner, a woman only known as Ms Miao. However, only the sheep in pen 13 demonstrated their eerie, incessant walking behavior. She added that a few sheep initially began to circle before being joined by others.
Chinese government-run media People’s Daily tweeted a video of the strange occurrence and dubbed it the “great sheep mystery.” “Hundreds of sheep walk in a circle for over 10 days in N China’s Inner Mongolia. The sheep are healthy and the reason for the weird behavior is still a mystery,” People’s Daily wrote.
Although it is unknown what prompted the sheep to circle, some people on social media speculated that it may have been Listeriosis, often known as “circling disease.”
“Initially, affected animals are anorectic, depressed, and disoriented. They may propel themselves into corners, lean against stationary objects, or circle toward the affected side,” reads an entry describing the disease on the Merck Manual.