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Lost Sheep, Looking for Bo Peep?

Four sheep found wandering in Virginia Run on April 13 are waiting at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for their owners to step forward. Shelter employee Lea Ann Gross offers some feed to the sheep.

Four sheep found wandering in Virginia Run on April 13 are waiting at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for their owners to step forward. Shelter employee Lea Ann Gross offers some feed to the sheep. Photo by Deb Cobb.

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Four sheep found wandering in Virginia Run on April 13 are waiting at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for their owners to step forward.

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It was like farm animal week at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter: In addition to four stray sheep captured on April 13, the shelter had for ducklings available for adoption.

Fairfax County teachers are used to shepherding their students though many challenges during the school year, so perhaps it wasn’t too much of a stretch for Lees Corner fourth grade teacher Katie Talbot to come to the aid of some lost sheep in her Virginia Run neighborhood on April 13.

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One of the four sheep found wandering in Virginia Run on April 13 is waiting at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for its owners to step forward.

Having a regular Saturday morning, Talbot didn’t expect to get a knock on the door from a friend who said, “Um, you have sheep in your front yard.”

Talbot ran outside, “and I baa’d at them.”

The sheep “moseyed” around her cul-de-sac, and with the assistance of her mother, she herded them against a neighbor’s fence. At that point she called the Fairfax County non-emergency police line and awaited the arrival of police officers to herd the sheep into the neighbor’s fenced yard and await the arrival of animal control officers.

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One of the ducklings available for adoption.