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Barbary Sheep


They aren’t your typical white fluffy sheep...

Barbary Sheep aren’t the typical type of white fluffy domestic sheep you may be used to seeing in paddocks kept as livestock.

The appearance of a Barbary holds true to their species of caprid, who are part of the goat-antelope group. They are distinct due to the curtain of hair that dangles from their chest down to their legs.

Barbary sheep have two big horns that spiral inwards and out, distinctively with male’s horns longer than females. Their horns are made of keratin, the same material as our fingernails.

A Barbary Sheep’s diet consists of vegetation, including plants, grass, flowers and shrubs.

Through the moisture they extract from their food, Barbary sheep have the amazing ability to store water for long periods of time.

Although Barbary sheep like to rest for most of the day, when in danger they are able to move quickly.

They have the amazing capacity to jump heights of over two metres when fleeing from danger.

Catch more on Barbary sheep on this week’s episode of Bondi Vet - Saturday @ 6.30pm on Channel Ten