Hilarious photos show two sheep with square foam heads as the farmer’s ingenious tactic to avoid getting stuck in the fence.
The pair were photographed in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, feeding their brood in a field while hopping around with what appears to be a pillow of foam around their necks.
Prison officer Mark Deans, 35, captured the ‘un-ewe-sual’ headgear on Thursday when he came home from his girlfriend’s mother’s house.
The bizarre image left Mark, from Aberdeen, in the lurch. He said, “I think this farmer has a sense of humor. I went to look first because I was afraid the sheep’s head was stuck in a bucket, but no, it was foam.
‘There’s a purpose to it, putting foam on the sheep’s heads to keep them from getting stuck in the fence, but it looks funny.
‘Who are the ewes looking at?’: this sheep was depicted with its young with a pillow of foam around its neck in Scotland
While another sheep looked perplexed as it was photographed by prison officer Mark Deans, 35, feeding its brood
“The sheep is safe, I had a little laugh and I think the pictures will make people smile.”
The photo comes days after a clumsy little lamb stumbled around in circles in another Scottish field – wearing a motorcycle helmet over his head.
Ettie MacDonald was stunned when he stopped his car Tuesday morning to help what he thought was a sheep stuck in a feed bucket.
However, when the 46-year-old walked onto the field on the Isle of Tiree, he realized the four-week-old ewe was in fact wearing a black crash helmet.
Owner Sheila MacKinnon didn’t believe Ettie when he called to tell her, so he snapped photos and video of the confused lamb “running in circles” with the safety gear “perfectly” fitted.
Upon seeing evidence, the cackling 54-year-old “couldn’t believe how funny it was” and thanked the Good Samaritan who took off the helmet.
The photo comes days after a clumsy little lamb stumbled in circles in another Scottish field – wearing a motorcycle helmet over his head
The lamb was walked in circles in a field on the Isle of Tiree, in Scotland, on Tuesday
She admitted she had no idea the plastic headgear was in the field, but believes it must have been left in the tall grass and the curious lamb got caught in it when it bent down to stick its head in.
Her Facebook post explaining the freak accident has been viewed more than 400,000 times and shared more than 6,000 times, with one user joking that the sheep must be riding a ‘LAMBretta’.
Ettie said, “He was perfectly upside down. It was in the right direction and the sheep were a good fit. It was almost the perfect size. Maybe I should have opened the visor for it.
“I didn’t know what it was at first and thought it was a bucket, but as I got closer I realized it was a crash helmet. I could not believe it.
“I had to prove it with pictures and a video because I think Sheila thought I was taking the chance.
“I took it off after I shot the video, left the helmet at the field and just went on my way to work.
Ettie MacDonald, 46, was stunned when he stopped his car Tuesday morning to help what he thought was a sheep stuck in a feed bucket
Owner Sheila MacKinnon (pictured with her sheep) didn’t believe Ettie when he called to tell her, so he snapped photos and video of the confused little lamb ‘walking around in circles’ with the safety equipment fitted ‘perfectly’
“I’m glad I was there because it would have been stressful in the end, but it got a lot of air in there and just went round in circles.
“People laugh about it because something that ended well for a change.”
The mother-of-two says the lamb is “absolutely fine” and is hopping around the field as usual.
She is grateful that furniture maker Ettie drove past at the time to prevent the lamb from being upset by the unfortunate situation.
Sheila said, “If the phone rings before 8 a.m., there’s usually something wrong. When he told me that, I went quiet and just said ‘what?’.
“I told him to send me a picture because I wouldn’t believe it. When I saw them I couldn’t believe how funny it was.
“Little lambs are curious and like to stick their heads in anything, but when it’s a helmet and it’s on the right track, it feels like it can’t be real.
“Thank God Ettie just happened to pass by.”
Sheila’s Facebook post has since garnered nearly 3,000 comments, with users finding the lamb’s predicament hilarious.
Her Facebook post said, “When the house phone rings before eight in the morning, you automatically think ‘is something wrong?’
“A guy said, ‘Hi Sheila, I just drove past your field and there’s a little lamb walking around wearing a crash helmet! And not only that, he is also on the right track.
‘Is it April 1? No, it’s definitely May! Thanks Ettie for noticing and removing it. Also because you proved to me that it really happened by sending me the pictures.’
Another said, “I think someone skinned their bike.”