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Saturday, 18 June 2011
Sheep May Safely Bathe
There are around 3700 semi-feral, northern short-tailed sheep living on North Ronaldsay. They are largely unchanged from their original type, but have different characteristics from other breeds. A long wall prevents their straying from the shoreline; they are adept at extracting the sugar-content from seaweed; have access to fresh water ponds, but have feeding and ruminating patterns governed by tidal movements; have a distinctive flavour as meat. They are bred elsewhere and have enthusiastic owners.