PROMOTING COVID VACCINE, GERMAN SHEPHERD CREATES SYRINGE USING 700 SHEEP (AND GOATS)
So a German Shepherd (sheep herder!) did something a bit unusual last month and I’m only now hearing about it. Her name is Wiebke Schmidt-Kochan. The idea, besides something otherwise randomly cool (or foolish), was to promote vaccines for all those “hesitant” folks out there. Because Covid, of course. I, for one, would never have considered doing a flash mob of sheep for anything. But I must say, the idea was one that turned into a reality. Just have a look at the picture above, and you will get a sense of scale of what 700 sheep-as-syringe look like.
HOW DO YOU GET 700 SHEEP AND GOATS TO ARRANGE THEMSELVES INTO A GIANT SYRINGE SHAPE?
So I’m one of those folks who is either perfectly ok with needles, or not so much. For me, it really depends on where the point of the needle is headed. Well, and how big it is, naturally. But the German Shepherd’s sheep (well, and goats) syringe is big enough to give a Titan pause, at about 330 feet long. That’s a lot of sheep in a very big field in Schneverdingen, just south of Hamburg in Germany. I kind of wish I could have been there to see the sheep get in line! Well, not in line, of course. But how do you get sheep and goats to do this?
SHEPHERD THINKS SHEEP ARE LIKABLE, AND MAYBE SOME FOLKS WILL BE WILLING TO GET COVID VACCINE
Not with sheep dogs, that’s for sure. But if you’ve ever trained your dog, you know the power of food and treats. The German shepherd knows of this magical power as well, and laid out pieces of bread strategically in the shape of the syringe and simply released the sheep and goats to find it and assemble. Wiebke thinks that sheep are “likable” animals, so maybe this idea will help convince the vaccine hesitant to go on and get themselves a Covid-19 vaccine for themselves (and the rest of us). Germany’s Covid vaccination rate is currently 75.3% up 4.1% from when the sheep/goat syringe was accomplished in early January.
So who knows? Maybe it actually helped! And if you’re still on the other side of the hesitant fence, don’t be sheepish!