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A four-legged Houdini running free around an Argyll fishing village has had local people flocking to social media channels.
A rogue sheep – a male (tup) of the Scottish blackface breed – was first spotted loose near Tarbert Golf Club around New Year’s Day.
There followed a number of sightings around the Loch Fyne village of the scarlet-painted pimpernel, ranging from the harbour side to the Campbeltown road.
He was even spotted near Tarbert Parish Church on Sunday January 6, though it is not clear whether he joined the flock.
One Tarbert resident commented: ‘It’s like now ewe see him, now ewe don’t.’
The woolly wanderer’s fun was curtailed early the following week when he was captured and taken to a nearby farm.
As the tup sheepishly set off for more secure accommodation, it seemed the online jokers’ fun was at an end – puns involving ‘ewe’, ‘horns’, ‘mint sauce’ and even some unfair references to certain football fans were all the rage on Facebook.
But that was that, the sheep was gone. The baad puns had to stop.
Except, he wasn’t gone.
On Wednesday January 9, reports surfaced of the tup still wandering around Tarbert. There were sightings on Lady Ileene Road in the heart of the village.
Shepherds continue the search for the elusive ovine. Some experts, however, are beginning to believe there may be more than a single suspect involved.
On the horns of a dilemma, Tarbert folk are said to be torn between giving up the fugitive and ransacking the Co-op for the few remaining jars of mint sauce.