Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Pheasant helps farmer to round up his sheep
For the past 18 months, a game cock pheasant has been helping a farmer round up his sheep. The unnamed bird appears several times a day while Chris Purdham is doing the rounds on his quad-bike checking on his fell sheep at his farm in Gamblesby, Cunbria.
“He’s there first thing in the morning, and last thing at night, and even when I go down at times during the day to check on the sheep,” said 33-year-old Chris. “He just appears when he hears my quad-bike.” Chris says the bird first appeared during his 2015 lambing season.
Then one day he just started to round the sheep up. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing at first, but I have got used to him now. He even waits for a couple of seconds to make sure all the stragglers are through,” added Chris. “He’s not even afraid of my sheepdog.