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Fence missing, but sheep still follow sheep through gate? No life lesson here

A graphic posted on Facebook shows an aerial photo of a huge herd of sheep moving through a gate, pressed in a single straight line on either side.

“A herd of sheep is leaving the stall,” the text reads. “There is no fence, only the gate ...”

It adds: “The trap of thinking.”

Does the photo really show sheep unthinkingly following other sheep through a gate where there is no fence?

The bigger picture

Africa Check cropped the photo out of the graphic and uploaded it to TinEye’s reverse image search. This led us to the website of Australian photographer Scott Bridle.

A much larger version of the photo is in Bridle’s archives, simply described as “Brenda Station”. It was snapped in 2012.

A fence and fence poles are clearly visible in the larger photo. The sheep could only move through the gate.

The photo appeared on the cover of the October-November 2012 edition of Australia’s Outback magazine, and can be seen on Bridle’s Facebook page with the description: “BHP Billiton Cannington Waltzing Matilda Photographic Prize 3rd Prize – ‘Brenda Station’.” – Africa Check


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