A tweet sent out by a sheep farmer in southern Saskatchewan has gained unexpected worldwide attention.
On Nov. 4, Liezel Kennedy shared photos of her flock in a field in the area of Shamrock. With a dusting of snow on the ground, the animals were perfectly camouflaged into the field.
“They blend in pretty well,” Kennedy said, “especially in summer when there’s really tall grass. Most people expect sheep to be snowy white but they really aren’t. They’re more of a tan colour so they do blend in really well.”
— Liezel Kennedy (@pilgrimfarms) November 5, 2015
The tweet went viral, being shared and liked hundreds of times. Kennedy’s friends in New Zealand have told her they have seen the picture on the news. Her photos have also been retweeted in several languages including Greek, Arabic and Japanese.
While the attention the tweet has gotten is unexpected, Kennedy knows firsthand how difficult it can be to spot the animals.
Kennedy grew up in South Africa, and began farming at Shamrock in 2009 after coming to Canada two years before. She remembers driving past the animals when she went out to check on them the first time.
“We have some white guardian dogs out with them and the dogs were quite easy to spot. So I (saw) a dog and had driven towards it and couldn’t find any sheep. So I spent about 45 minutes driving around looking for them before I finally found them. They were right next to my tractor. I drove up the hill, and found I had driven right past them the first time.”