New Zealand has a population of 4 million humans and 40 million sheep. Driving through mile after mile (well, kilometer after kilometer) of jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery, you see more of the little wooly creatures than you can imagine.
And they don't always stay put on their hillsides. Vehicles regularly have to stop for sheep crossing the road, or as they are known, "kiwi traffic jams."
Sheep herding has come a long way in the last generation. Shepherds (yes, "shepherd" is still a job description in NZ) continue to patrol mountainsides on foot and horseback, but today they also use 4-wheel drives and helicopters to drive the sheep down to the paddocks to be sorted and sheared. At Flockhill Station, teams of dogs round 'em up...
and the strong (and handsome) men working the sheep station take them in to the shearing shed for their makeovers.
|Shearing's complete--so much soft merino wool!|
And only 3,999,999 to go.
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