Sheep sways from side to side after getting stuck in a tyre swing

This was a baaaa-d idea: Sheep sways from side to side after getting stuck in a tyre swing

  • Angry animal rights campaigners moved quickly to condemn the viral video
  • Some branded the video ‘revolting’ and ‘cruel’ while others found it hilarious
  • The viral footage was shot in the UK but the exact origin is unknown 

Animal lovers reacted with fury after a video of a sheep stuck in a tyre swing went viral – but some argue the sheep looked like it was having fun.

Footage shows the ewe with its body stuck in the rope swing, desperately trying to get out.

But every time it tries to run away, the animal is lifted into the air before jerking back down to earth.

The ewe swings like a pendulum as it desperately tries to escape its predicament. Some people commenting on the viral video suggested the animal was having fun

The footage of the trapped sheep was shot in the UK, although the exact location is unknown. People posting online said the man videoing the ewe’s ordeal should have helped it

Other sheep watch as the trapped ewe becomes airborne. The man videoing laughs throughout the 26-second clip

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Posting on YouTube, the giggling man said: ‘A sheep gets itself caught in a tyre swing and tries to get away but instead goes for a ride.’ 

The footage was filmed in the UK although its exact location is unknown. The original poster says: ‘Oh dear, that’s funny,’ and breaks into laughter as he surveys the sheep’s predicament.

But the film has already annoyed animal rights campaigners who say that the person who spotted it should have immediately tried to free the farm animal instead of filming it.

Eunice Ann Green said on Facebook: ‘Why is this funny it’s obvious the animal is distressed – cruel.’

And Holly Hunter said: ‘Find this revolting. Leave the poor animal alone . Not one bit funny just cruel. Makes me feel very sad.’

The video was also posted to chat site Reddit yesterday.

The sheep looks baffled and the man filming it says: ‘Oh dear, that’s funny’

It is not clear how long the sheep was stuck or whether the man videoing eventually helped to release it from the tyre swing

One viewer said: ‘I would like to think it’s having fun, but I’m sure it’s trying to get out.’

TripleJJ3 said: ‘This looks like a Shaun the sheep episode.’

Quizzlys asked: ‘Do you think the sheep climbed in there on purpose?’

And Sue Thornton added: ‘I’m a farmer’s daughter, I don’t eat lamb and I still feel sorry for it. And I’ve “lightened up.”‘

Others said it was just a joke, with Louise Smith commenting: ‘Anyone thought that the sheep did this on purpose. Maybe it fancied a little swing. Weeeeeeeeeeee!’

And Ali Scott added: ‘Distinct lack of humour on this post. Yes it’s a wee shame but come on, it didn’t hurt itself, didn’t look all that bothered to be honest, anyone who knows animals would find this funny.’ 


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