2015 is the year of the sheep (or goat, the term is ambiguous) in the Chinese zodiac calendar, and there’s no better way to celebrate the new year than by eating. But why would you want to eat regular food on the new year when you can eat adorable bread sheep? Baked in different bakeries around Japan (yes, they love their Chinese zodiac bread novelties, too), these sheep are made to be just as tasty as the year ahead!
Believe it or not, there’s an annual sheep parade in Madrid that takes place in November. The history behind this quirky parade is quite interesting: Back in the 1200s, shepherds defended the right to use a crossing that took them from the open fields to the land where Madrid stands today.
Okay, this happened nearly a decade back, but as Business Insider said of Shrek, a sheep that craftily dodged the shears by holing up in a South Island New Zealand cave for six years, ‘We can remember him in photos.’ That’s a lot of wool there.
A farm in Matamata, New Zealand, was the setting for the Hobbit village featured in the Lord of the Rings films. At the farm owner’s request, some of the hobbit homes were left on the farm once filming was complete. The plan was to create a small tourist attraction named Hobbiton, but the ubiquitous Kiwi sheep had other ideas. They’ve moved in. [photos by Miss Rogue and Rob & Jules]