Lonely Planet Writer

So baa-d: watch 1300 sheep take a nocturnal stroll through the Spanish city of Huésca

A shepherd was left feeling sheepish when his flock wandered into the city of Huésca in north-eastern Spain in the middle of the night, while he was peacefully snoozing.

 

A concerned resident called the police at 4.30 am when the 1300 woolly escapees were spotted negotiating the streets of Huésca, which has a population of approximately 53,000.

Proving the efficacy of the advice to count sheep when you want to slumber, the shepherd nodded off while waiting with his flock outside the city. He was due to lead them through Huésca at 7 am and northwards towards Pyrenean uplands, where they will graze during the summer months. This procession is a common sight in Spanish cities, as the shepherd was following an ancient herding route, known as a ‘cañana real.’

1,300 sheep wandering through Huésca in Spain. Image: Web Informativa Policia Local Huesca
1,300 sheep wandering through Huésca in Spain. Image: Web Informativa Policia Local Huésca

When police found the shepherd, he was still peacefully snoozing. Once he was roused from the land of nod, he and the police worked together to round up the sheep from the city and return them to back to their holding, which took approximately 40 minutes.

Perhaps the sheep were hoping to visit Spain’s oldest grocery store, Ultramarinos La Confianza, which is located in Huésca? It could have been a baa-d situation but thankfully it had a happy ending.

Police arriving to round up 1,300 sheep in Huésca, Spain. Image: Web Informativa Policia Local Huesca
Police arriving to round up 1,300 sheep in Huésca, Spain. Image: Web Informativa Policia Local Huesca