National Hug A Sheep Day
Every October 30th is observed as National Hug a Sheep Day. Yes, you’ve read that right. This is a holiday that’s dedicated to hugging sheep. It’s a day in which people are encouraged to show some appreciation for what sheep bring to modern society.
No one is actually expected to hug a sheep unless, of course, they own one. People are more than welcome to “symbolically” hug sheep and show them some appreciation.
The History Of National Hug A Sheep Day
This holiday was created in 2004 by the Crazy Sheep Lady of Equinox Farms. She created the holiday because, in 1992, she rescued a sheep she would later name Punkin from the Bluegrass Stockyards.
She kept the sheep as a pet and feel like it personally enriched her life. After 12 long years of additional life, Punkin would end up dying in 2004 but is forever remembered by National Hug a Sheep Day.
Incredible Facts About Sheep
Okay, now that we’ve all just agreed to show sheep some respect, let’s take a few moments and learn a little bit more about these animals. Most people don’t know a whole lot about sheep, so we hope the following facts will set the record straight and give everyone information about sheep that they can use.
- Sheep have rectangular pupils that can give them up to 320 degrees of vision.
- Sheep have scent glands that allow them to communicate with one another.
- Sheep have an amazing sense of smell.
- Sheep can also communicate through bleating.
- Female sheep can recognize their ewe from birth by their calls.
- There are over 1,000 different breeds of sheep.
- Sheep are intelligent and can remember over 50 sheep and human faces.
- Sheep are capable of the same range of emotions as humans experience.
- Sheep are highly social and will look out for one another.
Observing National Hug A Sheep Day
This is the day for people to hug their sheep — whether those sheep are with them in real life or are just there in a symbolic way. Sheep have done so much for humankind, it’s kind of hard to dismiss all of their contributions. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to use the hashtag #HugASheepDay on social media to spread the love of these domestic animals.