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Over 100 Sheep Drown During Round-Up

Over 100 sheep drowned in Kálfá river, south Iceland, during the autumn round-up on Friday. Shepherds were trying to get the sheep to cross the river, but the head sheep jumped into the river in the wrong spot.

A large part of the herd followed and the sheep couldn’t get up on the other side because the river bank was too high and there was too much water in the river, Morgunbladid reports.

There was a rainstorm during the round-up on Friday. “We have never experienced such a swell before. The smallest streams turned into enormous rivers,” said Ingvar Hjálmarsson, a farmer on Fjall. “We should thank God that everyone returned home unharmed.”

The shepherds reacted quickly and managed to drag some of the sheep out of the river in time. The dead sheep were brought to their farms on a wagon where they were buried.

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