Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fact of the Day: Sheep Ancestor

Sheep were one of the very first animals domesticated by humans, which has led us to the sheep we know of today. Sheep are believed to have descended from the wild species of the Ovis genus known as Mouflons. They are native to parts of Europe and Asia. 

19 comments:

Margaret-whiteangel said...

You know, I hadn't even thought of where sheep came from in the beginning, now I know.

Anonymous said...

I just think headache when I look at those animals.

Christine said...

Interesting!

Linda said...

Great fact, Adam.

Pat Hatt said...

Guess they were too big to become as popular as cats and dogs

DeniseinVA said...

That is a fascinating fact.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice Sheep.

Emmylou said...

It's the Year of the Sheep in Chinese astrology this year:)

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Their wool was needed to keep warm

Stephanie Faris said...

I didn't know that! I would have assumed cats or dogs were the first to be domesticated.

DEZMOND said...

but why did you use the photo of goats? :)

DEZMOND said...

forget it, those are mouflons

Mary Kirkland said...

Interesting little tidbit.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

It is always fun to learn something everyday, thanks for sharing!

stephen Hayes said...

I imagine this came about because goats are so easy to maintain. They graze on just about anything.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Interesting info!

Joy said...

Thanks for the fact!

FilipBlog said...

They look very strong.

Greetings,
Filip

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I thought Mouflons had to do with UFOs...(smile). Baaa joke.