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What is the special feature of a sheep?
Domestic sheep are relatively small ruminants, typically with horns forming a lateral spiral and crimped hair called wool. A sheep is an animal which has a thick coat of fleece on its body. Another trait unique to sheep are their wide variation in colour. Wild sheep are largely variations of brown hues.
What are some adaptations of a sheep?
Although sheep and goats are virtually defenseless, they have many physical adaptations that help them evade their predators. The combination of widely spaced eyes and large rectangular pupils allows for incredible peripheral vision.
What is the difference between a goat and a sheep?
A main difference between the two is how they forage. Sheep are grazers; they ramble slowly eating short plants close to the ground. Goats are browsers; they look for leaves, twigs, vines, and shrubs. And their agility allows them to attain charming positions in pursuit of their forage.
Why is sheep wool white?
In sheep, colored wool is recessive, white is dominant In sheep, colors are recessive, meaning this color is harder to get to show up in the sheep’s wool, even though it may have some of the genetics for the color. This is why a black sheep can have white lambs, colored wool is recessive.
What do you call a female sheep?
• An adult female sheep is called a ewe. An adult male sheep is called a ram. A sheep that is less than 1 year of age is calle.
Can sheep hear?
Sheep have excellent hearing. They can direct their ears in the direction of a sound.
Do sheep need humans survive?
The only livestock that I think won’t survive without humans is sheep. Why sheep? because sheep have been bred to grow a huge amount of wool and if there are no humans to remove the wool they just become giant grey clouds of wool. This impedes movement, overburdens the animal and can cause it to overheat.
What are the main predators of sheep?
IF UNPROTECTED, sheep are vulnerable to a variety of predators including coyotes, foxes, wolves, mountain lions, bears, and domestic dogs. Livestock protection dogs are a primary and tradi- tional means of protecting sheep from predators, and they have become an important means of re- ducing predator attacks on sheep.
Can a white sheep have a black sheep?
A black fleece is caused by a recessive gene, so if a white ram and a white ewe are each heterozygous for black, in about 25 percent of cases they will produce a black lamb. In fact in most white sheep breeds, only a few white sheep are heterozygous for black, so black lambs are usually much rarer than this.