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    1. As for the Mouflon, that is absolutely correct, Gary - thank you.
      So, the description on the right is the wrong one.
      Ovis gmelini aries is the common Domestic Sheep; and that's what I posted as the picture and ID.
      Posted 10 days ago
      1. Lars, I'm not sure if it is the wrong one or not but when I began reading about this group of wild sheep I saw that the taxonomy was a bit "confused" and so decided not to create a species page until I knew more. Are the sheep in your photo a domesticated breed? If they are then I think the species name would be Ovis aries. But I'm not all that familiar with sheep species. I was also reading that the Mouflon (Ovis orientalis) has been breed with domestic sheep and where it has escaped into the wild in North America has successfully hybridized with the native bighorn sheep. Hope you can sort this out better than I can. Posted 10 days ago
        1. Yes, Gary, as I said it is a domestic sheep. For some reason the German Wiki site says the scientific name is Ovis gmelini aries, the English page says it's Ovis aries. Posted 9 days ago
  1. Corrected the ID and description Posted 9 days ago

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Sheep are quadrupedal, ruminant mammals typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates. Although the name "sheep" applies to many species in the genus ''Ovis'', in everyday usage it almost always refers to ''Ovis aries''. Numbering a little over one billion, domestic sheep are also the most numerous species of sheep.

Sheep are most likely descended from the wild mouflon of Europe and Asia. One of the earliest animals.. more

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
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Uploaded Aug 13, 2019. Captured in Berliner Landstra├če 2, 21465 Wentorf bei Hamburg, Germany.