Why sheep took over the streets of Madrid in Spain | world news
Sheep replaced cars on the streets of Madrid on Sunday as shepherds following ancient herding routes drove their flocks through the center of the Spanish capital to southern pastures for winter grazing.
Locals and tourists lined the road and watched thousands of sheep pass through town, the bells around their necks providing a loud soundtrack.
The annual event was revived in 1994 as part of Madrid’s annual Fiesta de la Trashumancia, after the Spanish parliament recognized the traditional routes shepherds used to herd their livestock.
Just a few centuries ago the route would have taken them through tranquil countryside, but today it sees them pass through some of the busiest areas of the city, including Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s main square.
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Onlookers took photos and videos on their phones, as some children reached out hesitantly to pet the sheep.
Many people were surprised by the unexpected sight in a city usually congested with traffic.
“It was crazy that there were so many sheep, I’ve never seen anything like it. It was a great way to learn about Spanish history and culture,” said the professor. English Maria Kouriabalis, a 22-year-old American who has been living in Madrid for a month, told Reuters.