Some days in New Zealand I have seen more sheep than people.
Although I suspect this one thought he was concealed by a rock. Either way I feel he was approaching the day on his terms.
Some sheep facts from An Encyclopedia of New Zealand for the historians among us:
- New Zealand’s first sheep were set ashore by Captain Cook in 1773.
- Rapid sheep population growth in the 1850s and 1860s was due mostly to permanent immigration, rather than natural increase. In 1864 alone, 13,000 sheep arrived in Canterbury from Australia. Droughts meant that sheep could always be bought cheaply from Australia. Drought continues to affect Australian farmers and sheep numbers.
- The first shipment of frozen lamb and mutton sailed to London from Port Chalmers on The Dunedinin 1882.