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Wandering ewe is found on Park Street in Bristol
Sheila at the RSPCA centre
Sheila was found wandering on Park Street in central Bristol

Night staff at an RSPCA centre got an unexpected visit from a sheep which was found wandering on Park Street in the centre of Bristol at 3am.

The ewe, named Sheila, had an ear tag which meant she could be traced to her owner in Keynsham - six miles away.

Staff say they presume she was dumped in the city centre as a prank.

Anoushka Barnes, the RSPCA clinic's veterinary night nurse, said they are not used to taking in farmyard animals in the middle of a city.

"Sheila really was quite a surprise guest," she said.

"We often receive injured stray cats and dogs or even wildlife casualties during the night.

"But working in the centre of Bristol, it's not often we come across a stray sheep.

"She was a perfectly healthy, young adult sheep and seemed quite content to sit in one of our kennels munching on some grass."

The ewe, which was found earlier in May, has now been reunited with her owner and the rest of her flock.




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