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Roaming Ruminant Reunited With His Owner

We’re feeling a bit sheepish. It turns out we gave you all some baaaaaaahd information earlier this week when we identified a ruminant found wandering near Beacon Avenue S. and S. Leo Street as a goat.

According to the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Don Baxter, the animal appears to actually be a sheep (not a goat as originally reported), and that sheep has now been claimed by its rightful owner.

Baxter says the owner—who lives outside Seattle—asked a friend to watch the sheep (sheepsit?) at their south Seattle home. During the sheep’s stay in south Seattle, he got out of the yard and wandered off.

A relative of the sheep’s owner saw the sheep in the news, and helped reunite the pair.

The sheep’s owner—who only recently acquired the animal—picked up his sheep today,  and paid an impound and microchipping fee of about $75.

And now, here’s a picture of the sheep in the back of a patrol car, taken by the officers who helped capture him before he was turned over to the shelter. He apparently made quite a mess in the back of the car.