Animals are often being shepherded around the streets of Dakar. Big herds, small herds – there always seem to be street creatures on the go.
But are these four-legged friends goats or sheep? I’d always assumed they were goats by the looks of them; the sheep that jump over fences before I go to sleep at night have white, fluffy coats. These animals have decidedly short hair and look quite a bit like the goats in the many county fairs of my youth. But I’ve heard a few Senegalese say that sheep are much, much more common here. After doing a bit of research, I think they’re right: African sheep simply look different than sheep raised in colder climates. What good would a puffy coat do in a hot country?
New rule of thumb when I’m photo-stalking street animals: if it’s got horns, it’s most likely a sheep.