Critter Science: Ewe turn (left)

Left to decide on their own, most sheep tend to turn to the left.

It’s a new study published in the U.S. National Library/National Institutes of Health. When presented with an alternative of left or right turns in an artificially lit T-maze, 309 white-faced ewes tended to turn left.

“Overall, ewes that initially turned right when presented a second turning opportunity had a slight preference to alternate their turning direction, while ewes that initially turned left tended to continue turning left when given another chance to turn.”

Why? And what’s the importance of sheep turning laterality?

No one knows.

But this is one piece of information that may turn valuable one day if you’re confronted with an angry herd of sheep and you need to escape.

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