Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Bovidae

Subfamily: Caprinae

Genus: Ovis

Specimen Description

Ounce for ounce, sheepskin is stronger than steel. The sheep skin or wool is a highly thick material that composed of numerous fibers. Wool is one of the few fibers that will maintain body heat when wet. It helps the animal stay warm even  during the heavy winters and rains. Apart from this, the wool is a main non-nutritional product of sheep. Wool also makes durable, fire-resistant rugs and carpets. Other widely used sheep products include skins and pelts for coats and rugs. Sheep lanolin, the purified grease that is washed from wool, is found in many cosmetics, salves, and ointments.

About the Animal

The sheep is a ruminant mammal with a thick woolly coat and (typically only in the male). It have curving horns. It is estimated that there are around one billion sheep worldwide. Sheep are social, but usually only with their own gender. Males have their own herds called bachelor herds. These herds usually contain five to 50 rams at one time. The females live in nursery herds. Nursery herds can have five to 100 members that include adult females and their young.


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