We’ve all heard people tell us to stand up for what we believe in. We’ve all be told not to act like sheep, always following someone else.
Well it turns out that sheep are less sheepish than we give them credit for. Sure, they like to flock together, but researchers from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London say that sheep are actually quite canny.
Often preyed on by more aggressive animals, they naturally head toward the centre of the flock to stay safe.
That’s not being sheepish – that’s being intelligent. Let the wolf get the stragglers!
Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the way we talk about them. Our language has not been kind. Look at ‘sheepish’ – the embarrassed grin when your boss reminds you that you forgot to do something for the third day running.