“It took me a moment to understand what I was seeing …”
Eleanor Scholz went out on a solo trek when she and her boyfriend were touring France. She heard several sheep approaching as she was moving along the route, which wasn’t unusual, but as they appeared, she recognized something remarkable was taking place. The sheep were haphazardly pursuing a jogging woman.
Scholz admitted to The Dodo that it “took me a second to realize what I was seeing.” She wasn’t dressed like any shepherd I had ever seen, and it seemed uncommon for a shepherd to be running, so at first I assumed maybe she was a shepherd. Then I moved off the track and stepped behind a tree because I was worried that she was being pursued and that there may be a chance of getting stampeded. I became aware that something genuinely wacky was going on when she stopped to chat with me and all the sheep stopped and waited for her.
The runner informed Scholz while they conversed. She was running by when the sheep, who appeared to be lost, decided to follow her. She was the leader they decided they needed. The pause along the route didn’t seem to faze the sheep at all, and a few of them trotted up to greet Scholz.
The funniest part, according to Scholz, was how everyone just stood there and waited. I was concerned that some of them might start following me when they came up to me right away, but they waited there politely while she and I spoke. They didn’t appear anxious or unusually exhausted.
The sheep calmly listened while the runner told Scholz the tale; as soon as she resumed running, the sheep did as well.
They started chasing her right away, according to Scholz. When they watched their buddies begin to go, the few sheep who had been considering me as a potential new shepherd changed their minds. Ultimately, the whole flock stayed together and followed the runner off down the trail.
In an effort to return the sheep back to their proper location, the runner planned to lead them to a location with some meadows. She had no clue how they had been disoriented or why they had decided to stick with her, but as soon as they did, she resolved to assist them.
She gave the idea that she would work things out and find a secure place for them, Scholz added. “She looked resigned to her new duty as [a] shepherdess.” “I’d want to know the complete tale, but I just caught a glimpse of her interaction with the wild sheep and am content just to have been able to see it,” the speaker said.