A boy tried to rescue a sheep from a trench, only for it to jump back in and get stuck again

Three vertical screenshots from a video, showing a sheep being pulled out of a trench, running free and then jumping in the air over the trench.

Good Samaritan’ videos which see people save trapped animals always delight social media, but the latest viral video has been shared widely online because of a rather unexpected outcome.

The clip, which surfaced online on Saturday, sees a boy place a strap around a sheep’s leg to pull it out of a trench.

After the sheep is pulled free, it shakes itself down, runs off with glee, and then mistimes a jump over the same trench.

Ewe (sorry) can probably tell what happens next – it lands itself in the same predicament it was in just seconds before.

It’s unknown where the clip, which lasts just 20 seconds, first appeared or was filmed.

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One Twitter user from Argentina, Victoriano Aizpurú, shared the video and it has since received more than 27 million views.

The perfect metaphor for life’s many u-turns and contradictions, the clip soon got the meme treatment, with social media accounts offering their own comparisons and remixes of the video:

Others, meanwhile, linked to videos which channeled the same energy:

It’s likely that many more will ‘flock’ to social media to share the video of the poor sheep over the coming days.

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