Thursday, March 22, 2018 07:56:25 AM

Sheep run loose in Spanish town after shepherd falls asleep

By James Badcock - Wed Jun 08, 10:13 am

The dozing shepherd was meant to be keeping the animals in check outside the environs of the city while he waited for the clock to strike 7am, when he was due to guide the sheep northwards through Huesca towards Pyrenean uplands where his flock will graze during the hot summer months.

The police eventually found the herder, who was still peacefully slumbering. Together the embarrassed shepherd and police officers were eventually able to extract the sheep from the city and return them to their pastures. 

The shepherd was following an ancient herding route, known as a ‘cañana real’, which passes right through the city of Huesca, a provincial capital in northern Spain. Such routes still exist all over the country and shepherds fill the streets of Madrid with their flocks one day each year in a symbolic defence of the herding tradition.   

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