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Sheep Zig-Zag along Narrow Alpine Paths on Their Way to Winter Pastures

BLATTEN, Switzerland – Swiss shepherds over the weekend accompanied hundreds of Alpine sheep on a three-day hike as they transferred them from their summer grazing pastures to their winter ones.

Known as the “Schaeferwochenende” in German (“Shepherd’s Weekend” in English), the traditional relocation trek marks the end of summer grazing for the woolly creatures.

This year’s hike, taking place on the last weekend of August, saw a flock of about 800 sheep zig-zagging its way along the steep and narrow paths under the Aletsch Glacier above, toward Belalp in the southern canton of Valais.

Images taken from a drone showed the animals entering a traditional “Farricha,” or stone enclosure, which their owners use to sort them.

 

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