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A viral video of sheep herding in Israel is pulling Oh, is that sos, AHs and maybe some yawns as it revealed the massive and mesmerizing pack migration from one pasture to another.
Photographer and drone pilot Lior Patel spent seven months filming an estimated 1,000 to 1,700 sheep from above as they made their seasonal pilgrimage to a 4-mile (7-kilometer) piece of land called the Peace Valley region of Yoknem, according to a report by Art & design site fierce.
The bird’s eye captures the unique pattern in which they move with and across the group. Guided by herdsmen and some border collies, sheep appear to move through the land like a well-coordinated flock of birds, or, while feeding, ants mingle around a piece.
“Sheep in fast motion. For the past seven months I have been following a large flock of sheep, moving from the winter pasture to the summer pasture,” Patel wrote The video’s caption on Instagram has attracted more than 124,000 viewers since it debuted last week.
Patel told Colossal that vegetable farmer Michael Morgan, aka the “king of cabbage,” and South African shepherd Keith Markov are responsible for the herd, which fluctuates between 1,000 and 1,750 sheep each year. Shepherds Mustafa Tabash, Mahmoud Kabiyah, Eyal Morgan and Dan Goldfinger are also credited with managing the group during the biennial trek.
Fans of Patel’s work used terms such as “excellent,” “innovative” and “magical” to describe the footage. One of them said, “One of the best vids I’ve seen recently, impressed.”
Another follower compared the herd to a flowing river delta. “Reminds me of Fluid Flow,” he said. “There’s even a heel formation on one of the first scenes!”
Patel’s video garnered even more praise on Twitter, where Israeli political analyst Erih Kovaler clip shared to his approximately 87,000 followers.
“Enter and rest,” wrote Kowler, whose sheep’s tweet has so far garnered 77,000 likes.
Each rapid-motion clip consists of four to seven minutes of footage, Patel told Colossal. “The first challenge is to understand the elasticity of the herd during movement, its dispersal during grazing, and how it converts into a tight pack towards exit/return to pasture and crossing roads and paths,” he explained .
It’s a rare glimpse at animal behavior like we’ve never seen before – much more possible thanks to drones. Another migratory incident made headlines earlier this year as drones spotted a herd of elephants sleeping in brush while making their 313-mile migration through China, where packs of pachyderms were being tracked — and even by the police, in ties — as they take their epic tour.