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


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.