VIDEO. Sheep turn mysteriously in circles for 12 days: sign of the apocalypse or real disease?

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In a video that has gone viral, a flock of sheep in China can be seen circling in a perfect circle. This strange behavior lasted twelve days in a row.

A video goes viral on social networks, and for good reason… it is surprising. We see a herd of sheep turning indefinitely forming a perfect circle. It is not a montage, the surrealist scene exists. As Chinese state media People’s Daily reports on twitter, the video was taken in the Inner Mongolia region of northern China.

The great sheep mystery! Hundreds of sheep walk in a circle for over 10 days in N China’s Inner Mongolia. The sheep are healthy and the reason for the weird behavior is still a mystery. pic.twitter.com/8Jg7yOPmGK

— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) November 16, 2022

The footage comes from the sheep owner’s CCTV cameras. At the beginning of November, the breeder notices that some of her sheep are turning. They are quickly joined by other congeners, then by the herd. Their movements then began to form a circle on 4 November. Their mysterious round continued for 12 days in a row. The Chinese media do not identify the cause of this behavior and some Internet users see it as a harbinger of the apocalypse. On the other hand, for the experts, a very scientific explanation is hidden behind.

A bacterium responsible for the mysterious round?

Not all of the shepherdess’ herd has joined the round. The sheep all belong to enclosure 13. In fact, veterinarians interviewed by the newspaper Metro, incriminate a bacterium. According to these experts, the behavior of these animals is the result of a bacterial disease. They assume that this part of the herd would have been contaminated with listeria. This bacteria can cause inflammation on one side of the brain which can cause these circular movements.

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