Ram-raiding ewe is left with baa-d head
PUBLISHED: 09:33 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:26 17 June 2010
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FARMER Peter Hill's sheep are not normally known for their attacking tendencies...
FARMER Peter Hill's sheep are not normally known for their attacking tendencies...But, when one of his ewes, affectionately known as number 174, saw her reflection in a glass door of a home in Primley Gardens - after getting through a gap in a fence - it was too much for her to comprehend.The sheep head-butted its reflection in the French windows at the house, smashing the glass and cutting its head.In a Rambo-like attack, the ewe got through a gap in fencing, along with 19 other sheep belonging to Sidmouth farmer Mr Hill, and spent the night on lawns belonging to Tony Mitcham and his neighbour Tim.Tim heard a crash as he was preparing to leave home for work and discovered the ewe, due to lamb in seven weeks, had charged the pane.She was looking rather sheepish with glass in her fleece and a small cut to her forehead.Mr Hill, who grazes the 20 Suffolk sheep at Gilchrist Field and Margaret's Meadow at the invitation of Sid Vale Association, said the flock managed to get into Livonia Field from their usual spot, while contractors worked on the cycle path at The Byes.The SVA let the sheep stay, but the adventurous flock soon discovered a gap in fencing at Primley Gardens that was due to be replaced.Mr Hill managed to get the sheep out of the gardens and has made sure they cannot escape again. He also apologised for the damage that had been caused.He said: "Number 174 - I don't ever name them - is four-years-old and one of the bossy ones. She is top of the pecking order."He said it was not just rams that head-butted each other and he thought she had done this after seeing her reflection in the window.Mr Hill said 174 was none the worse for wear after her ordeal.Of the damaged French window, Tim said: "It was quickly sorted out by a glazier and SVA footed the bill."Mr Mitcham said he hadn't noticed the sheep were in his garden when he let out Lulu, a cat he was caring for, at around 5am.He said: "She looked surprised and came back in again. It was dark but I guess they must have been out there then.