A sheep has been found preserved intact after drowning in a small canal in Denmark. The sheep’s back was exposed and rotted away, leaving the spine and a portion of its ribcage visible. However, the portion of the sheep below the surface of the frigid water has been preserved intact.
The sheep was found in the meadow-swamp Tøndermasken, in southern Jylland. The discovery was made by photographer Johannes Bojesen, who was walking through the area when he noticed something strange in the water.
“I thought it was a piece of wood at first,” Bojesen told the BBC. “But then I got closer and saw that it was a sheep.”
Bojesen said that the sheep’s body was perfectly preserved below the water. The wool was still intact, and the skin was still on its body.
“It was like it had just died,” Bojesen said.
Scientists are not sure why the sheep’s body was preserved so well. One theory is that the cold water slowed down the decomposition process. Another theory is that the sheep’s body was protected from scavengers by the mud and reeds in the canal.
Whatever the reason, the discovery of the preserved sheep is a reminder of the power of nature. Even in death, the sheep’s body has been preserved as a testament to the beauty and resilience of life.
Credit: Johannes Bojesen / johannes_bojesen