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Three Lost Sheep Survived Winter in Forest

Three lost sheep were recovered recently which had escaped from their farm Haukholt in Hrunamannahreppur county near Iceland’s southern highlands last fall. Their owners had searched everywhere and lost hope that they had survived the snowy winter.

“They are tough sheep,” Magnús Helgi Loftsson, farmer in Haukholt, told Morgunbladid. “The brothers Jón and Svanur Einarsson spotted the sheep when they were looking for fox trails on their snowmobile. They survived the winter in a forest east of Gullfoss.”

It is not unusual that sheep survive the winter in the wilderness, but the winter in Hrunamannahreppur was particularly harsh this year so the farmers find it remarkable that their sheep made it.

Out of 630 lambs born in Haukholt in spring 2007, 15 were missing when the farmers went to round up their sheep from the mountains last fall. At other farms between ten and 20 lambs were missing and farmers believe foxes are to blame.

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