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Fact o' the day, or the sheep will inherit the Earth



There are 27 million sheep - that's the woolly quadruped type given to baa-ing - in the United Kingdom. Spain is not far behind, apparently.

Further digging throws up some less recent, if neverthless interesting figures:

"In 2003 the world sheep population was estimated at 1.03 billion head. Based on numbers, the leading sheep countries, in descending order, were China (173,899,000), Australia (100,100,000), India (62,500,000), Iran (54,000,000), Sudan (48,000,000), New Zealand (39,928,000), United Kingdom (35,253,000), South Africa (25,316,000), Turkey (25,201,000), and Pakistan (24,900,000). The United States had 6,135,000 sheep, less than 1 percent of the world total". Source

So, Oz, Sudan and - obviously - New Zealand have sheep majorities.

(The sheep pictured are enjoying the Swedish island of Gotland. The friend who sent me the postcard has written on the back, 'Gotland has long been a holiday paradise for [nationality deleted] tourists'.)

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Anonymous nomad said... 1:08 pm

So the obvious conclusion is that global warming is down to sheepy rather than human activities? Must be a pound or two of methane in that lot.  



Anonymous Geoff said... 4:51 pm

Check out:

http://www.adultsheepfinder.com/

New Zealand's #1 Internet Dating Site

You *don't* want to know how I found this site :-)  



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