2015 is the Year Of The Sheep so here's why ewe should be excited... 7 years ago

2015 is the Year Of The Sheep so here's why ewe should be excited...

We're big fans of the woolly creatures and not just because the look like walking clouds.

2015 is the official Chinese Year of the Sheep and today it is Chinese New Years Eve, so with that in mind we have listed some reasons as to why ewe should be rammed with excitement.

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1. Sleep assistance.

You know what it's like. You're tossing and turning in your bed and for the life of you, you just can't catch those much needed z's.

Never fear, this is where jumping sheep come in to help.

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That's right, all you've got to do is close your eyes, imagine a scene where there are a lot of sheep. All you have to do is count them and before you know it, you're dreaming about scoring that last minute goal in the World Cup Final.

2. Knitwear

Sheep provide us with jumpers. Not just any jumpers, but woolly jumpers. Okay, they don't actually knock around houses selling them, but the wool on their back is used to make the best woolly jumpers a man can buy.

3. Chris the Sheep

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People often eulogise about the greatest 'other' characters of the Father Ted series, but one of the best was undoubtedly Chris the Sheep. He was a prize sheep who Ted bet all the heating allowance money on to win the King of the Sheep competition.

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Delivering a performance of depth and poise, this sheep was a scene stealer for the entire episode. Go'wan the Chris!

4. Shaun the Sheep

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Wallace and Gromit are up there with our favourite characters made from Plasticine. We loved The Wrong Trousers and a Grand Day Out, but we especially loved A Close Shave as it marked the debut of TV legend Shaun the Sheep.

His performance was so epic that they made him his own TV series, In fact, not only that, but there is a feature film that has just been released about him.

5. Dolly the Sheep

Probably the most famous sheep of all time, Dolly became the first ever  mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer. The what?

It doesn't matter...

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Dolly represents a hugely significant development in modern science and we should be grateful to her.

6. Sheep play football

Pardon? That's right folks, not only are they lovely docile creatures full of wool and chops, they've also got a bit of love for the Beautiful Game as seen here in the video below.

We covered a glorious story here about it.

7. They provide an invaluable way of proposing marriage

We've all heard of the romantic proposal in a football stadium or the ones below the Eiffel Tower. Why not be original and use the medium of sheep as a way to proposing to the one you love.

Henry Brown is a sheep farmer from East Sussex and he proposed to his girlfriend Emily Walker. He took five sheep and painted one of the following five words on to each one "Emily, will ewe marry me?" to complete a puntastic wedding proposal.

Obviously, she said yes.