Unexpectedly, a female runner took up the role of shepherdess for a rambunctious flock of sheep.
In a recently released video, a herd of more than 100 sheep decides to follow an unidentified runner as their new leader.
In a remote region of France, a flock of lost sheep appeared to blame the independent runner for leading them astray.
Eleanor Scholz, a visitor from California who was in France with her boyfriend, went for a short country hike. She noticed a large group of sheep approaching as she heard their sudden “baaing” sound.
It was fascinating to see hundreds of sheep coming toward her. Eleanor admitted to The Dodo that she needed some time to fully comprehend what she was witnessing.
She wasn’t dressed like any shepherd I had ever seen, and it seemed unusual that a shepherd would be running, so at first I assumed maybe she was a shepherd.
Concerned for the woman, Eleanor. She left the path, went behind a tree, and shouted for the runner. The runner came over to talk.
Eleanor stated, “I knew something absolutely quirky was occurring when she stopped to converse with me, and all of the sheep stopped and waited for her.”
The runner pondered whether the sheep might have become disoriented and sorely in need of a guide; as a result, they wound up following her and she unwittingly took over as their new leader.
Some of them approached me right away, and I was concerned they would begin to follow me instead. However, they waited patiently as she and I spoke. The funniest part was that they didn’t appear anxious or too exhausted.
The runner devised a strategy to assist the sheep in returning to their house. In the hopes that the true owner would call out to the lost sheep, she remembered seeing some pastures and hurried back the way she had come. Once more, the sheep joyfully followed their new leader.
Finding the owner wouldn’t be that difficult considering that each sheep has a painted mark, the runner reasoned. She didn’t appear disturbed or upset, just adamant about finding their house.
She gave the idea that she would work things out and find a safe place for them, Scholz added. “She looked resigned to her new duty as [a] shepherdess.”
The sheep followed the runner as they had been doing her jog until it was time for her to go on.
When they noticed their buddies beginning to depart, the few sheep who had been considering me as a potential new shepherd changed their minds. Ultimately, the entire flock stayed together and followed the runner off down the trail.
Do the wandering sheep ever find their way back home? Eleanor remarked, “I’d love to know the complete tale, but I just caught a glimpse of her meeting with the wild sheep and am delighted simply to have been able to witness it.
Eleanor posted about the intriguing encounter on Instagram, where it received an amazing 31.2M views and 1.2M likes. People were enthralled by it. “She appears like she knows where she’s going,” one commenter said. “We’ll adhere to her.”