Strange herds in Phan Rang

July 31, 2014 | 08:21
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Sheep, needless to say, are endemic to temperate zones, especially so in Western countries. But one passing through Phan Rang City in Ninh Thuan Province may not believe in their eyes seeing herds of sheep gazing on a gigantic hill about 15 kilometers south of the city. It is a bit strange to see sheep being raised under scorching heat and strong winds in Ninh Thuan.

Sheep first appeared in the region since the nineteenth century when traders imported them from India. They were brought to Vietnam to serve as offerings by Cham followers of Brahma. Through the years, they have adapted themselves to the tropical climate in the province and developed strongly. The slight difference, if any, is that the animals in Phan Rang grow less fur than sheep in temperate regions.

Sheep can feed on many kinds of grasses, even cactus, and herdsmen let them graze freely from the hill to the field. Shepherds take them home when the sunset comes over the hill.

A herd of sheet freely graze on a hill in Ninh Thuan Province
A woman takes care of little lambs
A herd of sheep on the way home
Shepherds check the sheep before getting them back in the coop - Photos: Son Truong



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