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Elusive sheep has run of Durham neighborhood

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What some are saying is a rare breed of sheep has taken up residence in the Odyssey Road area. What some are saying is a rare breed of sheep has taken up residence in the Odyssey Road area.
DURHAM, N.C. -

An unusual visitor is causing quite a stir in a Durham neighborhood.

What some are saying is a rare breed of sheep has taken up residence in the Odyssey Road area, and has become a familiar fixture there for the last two weeks.

So far he has eluded efforts to capture him, including an attempt that went on for several hours Monday morning.

The sheep was identified by some in the neighborhood as a Barbados Mouflon sheep.

The Durham County Sheriff's Animal Control division was in the neighborhood Monday morning trying to corral the sheep, but the animal was having none of it

He was butting heads with animal control for several hours in what has become a familiar game of run-away that's baffled those who want to take him to a new home.

After several hours of leading folks on a merry chase, animal control and the sheriff's deputies gave up -- feeling a bit sheepish -- and began working on a new capture plan.

The animal has been seen around the neighborhood for the past two weeks, and appears to enjoy peeking in ground-floor windows.

Marilyn Murchison has been leaving dog food out for him, and the sheep has taken to drinking out of her birdbath and sleeping in her flower beds.

During the interview with Marilyn in her backyard, the animal emerged from the woods and stood next to us as we spoke.

"He's a beautiful boy and he's not causing any problems," she said as the sheep eyed her and WNCN's crew.

"I really hope somebody can rescue him. He might belong to somebody. Maybe a 4-H, or a child perhaps," she said.

Murchison said the animal "stares at me for hours at a time through my window, so that's why I wonder if he doesn't belong to somebody, and I resemble that somebody."

Animal control says it wants to find a way to humanely capture the sheep.

Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

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