Dozens of sheep have been eerily walking around in a circle for 12 days straight in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region.
The bizarre behavior, captured on surveillance video, shows the large flock continuously marching clockwise in a nearly perfect circle on a farm.
Some other sheep can be seen watching from outside the rotation while others at times stand motionless in the center.
Video of the strange scene was tweeted Wednesday by Chinese state-run outlet People’s Daily, which reported the sheep are perfectly healthy and the cause of the behavior remains a mystery.
Twitter users quickly tried to offer some possible explanation for this unusual behavior:
“Sheep have a strong instinct to follow the sheep in front of them. When one sheep decides to go somewhere, the rest of the flock usually follows, even if it is not a good “decision.” This instinct is “hard-wired” into sheep. It’s not something they “think” about, one user wrote.
“I think it has to do with them sensing frequency changes but from where and why are only some effected,” another added.
The sheep owner, identified as Ms. Miao, claimed the spectacle began with a few sheep before the whole flock joined in, Metro reported. Although there are 34 sheep pens at the farm, only the sheep in one of the pens — number 13 — have been acting this way.
They’ve been on the move since Nov. 4. It’s unclear whether they stop to eat or drink.
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