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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sheep dog is scared of his flock

A Border Collie has been branded Britain's worst sheep dog after developing a fear of his flock.

Despite his pedigree, Ci proves instinct alone is not enough to overcome a bad case of ovinophobia.

The four-year-old developed his fear of sheep when owner Jane Lippington placed him in their field as a puppy.

Mrs Lippington, 54, from at Langridge, near Bath in Somerset, said Ci instinctively wants to work the sheep, but is too scared.

"If they run away from him, he will go after them and act like a proper sheepdog, but the moment they turn and face him he runs away," she said.

"Sheep can be quite aggressive if they think they have the upper hand - they stamp their feet and gang up in numbers and act like an army.

"The only way to make it work is for me to get behind them first and shoo them so they run away and then Ci joins in. It just means a lot more work for us to do."

Despite managing a flock of about 100 sheep on their 200 acre farm, Mrs Lippington and husband Donald, 62, cannot imagine life without their helpless hound.

"He might be the worst sheepdog in Britain, but there's no way we'd be without Ci - he is part of the family," she added.

"I took some footage of it because it was so funny and somebody told me I should put it on YouTube."

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