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Video: Cyclist leads chase of runaway sheep through Birmingham traffic

Police, pedestrians and even a motorcyclist joined in pursuit of animal on Saturday

A cyclist in Birmingham led the chase of a runaway sheep on Saturday morning - and captured the pursuit on camera.

The animal was running along the road near the Edgbaston cricket ground, initially with the flow of vehicles but then crossing into oncoming traffic, thankfully without injury.

With the cyclist continuing to ride after it and joined by others, including a motorbiker and people on foot including a policeman, the sheep took to a pavement before ending up in a park where it was rounded up.

YouTube user KindnessArk, who posted the footage, wrote: "Would Ewe believe it!? This Saturday morning witnessed this sheep running past my house. (Must of been Shaun The Sheep performing his next big film.)

"Soon hopped onto my bicycle to try and see if I could help stop him before causing a possible crash, as many drivers were braking heavily unaware and shocked of a sheep on the roads.

"With the help of locals walking nearby, police, and even a motorbiker we all managed to save the Sheep before anything happened."

There's no word of whether the sheep was offered a lift home on the bike - although as this video we shared last week shows, it's entirely possible to ride a bike with two of the creatures hangimg on to you.

> Video: Man rides bike... with two sheep hanging onto him


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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