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Our Seven Newcomers (May 2005)

Mufflons (Ovis ammon musimon) are also called European wild sheep. They are the wild ancestors of our domestic sheep.

A long time ago mufflons lived in the Mediterranean region and from southern Germany to Hungary. However, 3,000 to 4,000 years ago, they were hunted so intensely that almost all of them were exterminated.

In the 19th century, the wild sheep was again introduced into central Europe as hunting game.

Mufflons can live to be 15 years old and in some cases even 18.

Like our domestic sheep they are vegetarians. They eat primarily grass, herbs, buds, acorns, beechnuts and chestnuts, as well as bark and leaves.

To be precise, our mufflons are a mixture of mufflon and Cameroon sheep. An animal protector bought the little bucks from her neighbor, because their contemporaries in their barn were slaughtered.

She had been looking for a safe place for a long time and was very happy that we took in her graceful animals.

They are alert young creatures, curious and adventuresome and yet at the same time, very cautious. They live together with the male sheep and alpacas in a huge pasture, and also peacefully share their “sheep villa” with them: a roomy shelter with lots of windows and insulated walls.

Just recently they received a “climbing mountain” and enjoy sitting on the big rocks in the evening sun.





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