A herd of sheep in China’s Inner Mongolia have gained worldwide attention for continuously turning in circles for almost two weeks.
The flock, which is shown in pen number 13, has been moving in a clockwise direction for about two weeks, according to surveillance footage.
The unsettling footage of the sheep circle has gone viral, with some people viewing it as a “symbol of the end of the world.”
According to the owner, a couple of the farm animals started acting strangely before the entire flock joined in.
There are 34 sheep pens at Ms. Miao’s farm, but only the sheep in pen number 13 have been acting strangely.
Some believe this is normal sheep behaviour, but others think something more sinister is behind the odd movements.
Other Twitter users have suggested the sheep may be afflicted with listeriosis, a disease which can affect both humans and animals.
Symptoms of the disease include lack of coordination, salivation, circling and more.
However, the Chinese state-run news outlet People’s Daily reported the sheep are perfectly healthy.
Other instances of sheep behaving oddly and forming circles have been reported in the past, with one instance in East Sussex last year showing a photo of a flock standing in a circle in a field.
Christopher Hogg, of village Rottingdean in East Sussex, was cycling when he saw the animals behaving like they were ”in the X-files”.
The 47-year-old said: “I was on my daily cycle when I came over the hill and saw this magnificent circle.”
“The sheep are usually noisy. I go past them every day, but this day they were very still and calm,” he said.
Hogg said it seemed like the animals were in a trance, calling it ”eerie”.
The reason behind the sheep’s odd behaviour in both Mongolia and East Sussex has remained unknown.