Sheep, being multi-purpose animals, have always been a part of many cultures. Recently, a breed of sheep dubbed the “world’s cutest sheep” has been taking the world by storm, and it’s not hard to see why.
The Valais Blacknose sheep are unbelievably cute. Their snow-white shaggy fleece is soft and incredibly fluffy. Their faces and hocks are black and their eyes are hidden under stringy wool.
The breed is native to the Valais region in Switzerland, hence the name. The animals live high up in the snow-capped mountains and graze in the alpine meadows on wild herbs. Due to their physiology, the breed is not suited for every country.
Within the past decade, the Valais Blacknose has been imported into the United Kingdom and Scotland, where its popularity began to soar.
Sally and Lindsay Strathdee, breeders from New Zealand, fell instantly in love with the animals after seeing a picture of them on the internet, according to Newshub.
The couple wanted to import the animal into the country but stringent laws forbade it. However, their business partner, Christine Reed, found a loophole in the law that allowed for embryos and sperm to be imported, so that’s what they did.
“We implanted in June 2017 and later in October had the most gorgeous 16 lambs on the ground—9 girls and 7 boys,” Reed told the MailOnline.
Today, the Valais Blacknose sheep is growing in demand by breeders and has a burgeoning fanbase.
“We have visitors willing to jump off cruise ships and rent cars just so they can see the sheep,” Reed shared. “Some visitors are also wanting to come to New Zealand just to see them and one photo quickly taken on a cell phone in January 2018 has now had 2.3 million views.”
The sheep’s appearance is definitely unique, capturing the hearts of anyone who sees it. Not only are they lovely to look at, but the animals have a pleasant nature too.
“One of the most wonderful surprises for us though, was that not only were these the cutest sheep in the world, but they had friendly inquisitive natures, unlike any other sheep breed, more like your family dog following you around the fields,” Reed said.
Video: These Baby Goats Are so Cute
Animals are precious, and there are a lot of things that they can to that lets us know that we really don’t deserve them. However, there are a fair amount of animals that many people would probably not see as cute, or attractive at all, one of which is the goat.
That said, this video should change your mind on how you view this four-legged cuteness. This video showcases a ton of different baby goats in a variety of scenarios, including being happy and adorable, which is certainly a sight to behold.
Some fun facts about goats include the fact that goats are one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans. This is probably due to their high level of versatility in the fields.
Another fascinating fun fact is that the mother does not recognize its own baby by sight alone. From birth, the mother is able to recognize it by scent, as well as by the kid’s unique call, which the mother is able to memorize by heart. This is interesting knowledge, as many other animals know their baby from a variety of factors, including sight.
These are fascinating animals, and the smallness of them, as well as their abundance of energy, makes them incredibly cute. So if you are planning to adopt one, definitely see the laws in your area first. But just looking at them running around, being tiny and adorable, one can understand why anyone would want to spend their time with these tiny little bundles of joy.
Epoch Times staff contributed to this article.