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Watching Sheep Herding Online is the New Counting Sheep

A mesmerizing video shows sheep flocking through New Zealand’s grasslands.

Why are we told to count sheep when we can’t sleep? Is there something specific about sheep that makes them particularly sleep-inducing over, say, cows or goats or bison? Is it because their fluffy white wool is reminiscent of pillows and soft bedding?

The video above, which shows what sheep herding looks like from the skies, provides a pretty good answer. The mesmerizing shots show hundreds of sheep being shepherded from one New Zealand field to another, and are coupled with calming music. As you watch, you’ll find yourself being slowly lulled by the undeniably soothing images. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even try to count them.

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