The mystery of the circling sheep may have been solved.
Last week, dozens of sheep were spotted walking in a near-perfect circle for 12 consecutive days. The baffling footage, taken in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region, was soon shared to social media, racking up millions of views in the process.
The sheep owner, Ms Miao, told the Metro it started off with a few sheep before the whole flock joined. Even when gaps emerged, the sheep continued to circle.
Now, Matt Bell, a professor at the Department of Agriculture at Hartpury University in Gloucester, has stepped in and offered his suggestions for their bizarre behaviour.
Speaking to Newsweek, he theorised: "It looks like the sheep are in the pen for long periods, and this might lead to stereotypic behaviour, with the repeated circling due to frustration about being in the pen and limited."
Bell added: "Then the other sheep join, as they are flock animals, and bond or join their friends."