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Scottish Highland Sheep
Scottish Highland Sheep
Mammal. Scottish Highland sheep are a hardy breed, with thick, shaggy coats that enable them to survive extremely harsh weather. They can tolerate cold and snow, and thrive in bleak, rugged environments where other breeds would perish. In summer, their long lashes and forelocks shield their eyes from flying insects. The female sheep, called ewes, have strong maternal instincts and guard their lambs. They usually give birth to twins, or sometimes triplets. The modern Scottish Highland breed is descended from sheep who were raised by monks in the Twelfth Century.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Ovis aries 7 years
Herbivore. Grasses.
Predators and Threats
Coyotes, mountain lions, wolves, domestic dogs, and humans.
Harsh brushy hills; Highlands and borders of Scotland, Pennines, Dartmoor, and Northern Ireland.