National Animal of Faroe Island

National Animal of Faroe Island

The Faroese sheep is the national animal of Faroe Island. This breed of sheep is native to the Faroe Islands. These sheep are the dominant animals of Faroe Island thus earning themselves a title as the national animal of Faroe Island. They flock freely all year round without facing any threat. This is due to lack of many predators. As a social animal, Faroe Island’s national animal, feed in small groups in mountain tops and other grazing areas.

 

The national animal of Faroe Island can mostly be found in mountainous regions and other rugged rocky areas. This is because in such areas, there is plenty of grass for them and also there is no natural predator. In the year 2000, it was estimated that there about 70,000 adult Faroe sheep with their stables (North Shed). Even though they are not classified as endangered, their population is constantly decreasing.

Facts about the National Animal of Faroe Islands (Faroe Sheep)

  • Common name: Faroe sheep
  • Scientific name: Ovis Aries
  • Average weight: ewes-20kgs; rams-20-40kgs
  • Diet: Herbivores
  • Habitat: rocky and mountainous areas
  • Life expectancy: 10 years
  • Gestation period: 152 days

The national animal of Faroe Island is covered in whitish-brown dense fur. This is mostly to protect it from the cold during the winter season. As early as 1919, when the flag of the Faroe Island was unveiled, the image of this sheep was also revealed on the flag. This has made it to be recognized as the national animal symbol of Faroe Island. The wool of this sheep has been used to make woolen sweaters. It has also been slaughtered to provide meat to the people of Faroe Island.

The fact that the Faroe sheep is the dominant animal in Faroe Island and that at least each Homestead prides itself in domesticating this animal, this sheep has been considered as the national symbol of Faroe Island.

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