On a glorious sunny morning last week, a cyclist got the shock of his life after he spotted an unusual livestock formation – which social media has hilariously dubbed a “ewe-FO”.
Meandering through Rottingdean in East Sussex, Christopher Hogg was stunned when he spotted a flock of sheep acting bizarrely.
Doubting his mind, Hogg reached for his camera and snapped some incredible pics of the sheep gathered in a near perfect geometric shape.
At first glance, the unusual sheep shape is not unlike the crop circles of the 1990s.
Speaking about the sighting, Hogg said, “I was on my daily cycle and came over the hill and saw this magnificent circle.
“At that point I was about half a mile away, which made me think that whatever it was, it was huge.
“It was saucer-shaped, like an alien ship. It was beautiful, but also in 2021 a bit too weird for comfort.
“I cycled closer and closer and then realised the circle was sheep!”
Hogg, 47, who is a lecturer at The Royal Holloway University lecturer was unnerved by the animal’s “weird” behaviour.
He added, “The sheep are usually noisy, I go past them every day, but this day they were very still and calm.
“It was so quiet, like they were in a trance. It was very eerie.”
Bewildered by what he’d seen, Hogg shared the snaps to social media where other users waded in with their views on the strange occurrence.
Hogg continued, “There was lots of debate whether it was a crop or flock circle or if the sheep were being summoned by a strange force. Others thought they might be pranking the farmer.
“We all agreed it was a mystery that warranted the recall of Mulder and Scully!”
Some social media users queried whether the sheep were grazing on or near a ley line.
Ley lines are invisible lines of energy that span the entire planet and are regarded as important points of worship and healing by New Age practitioners and Druids.
Some internet sleuths also pointed to the ancient standing stones of the area that are seeped in folklore and mystery – some of them involving sheep survivng the mysterious deaths of their shepherds.
But, as it turns out there seems to be a far simpler explanation – the sheep were most likely following the pattern of a ‘sheep snacker’ which had left their food in a circular trail.
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