A Bear In Wolf's Clothing

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Sheep are going missing! Why?

Submitted: June 19, 2017

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A Bear In Wolf’s Clothing.

 

There’d been sheep going missing. We had been lucky, only losing two, but some of our neighbours had lost almost their entire flocks. Nobody was sure what was happening, or had any idea what had caused the sheep to vanish. The general opinion was that a wolf, or maybe a pack of them, were to blame; but there was no evidence to point to that. No blood stains, no torn out tufts of fleece.

 

The other most likely idea was that we were being targeted by a gang of rustlers. Maybe a group from one of the nearby villages had decided to pay us a visit and make off with some of our livestock to increase their own. There are always plenty of tyre tracks around and it would be hard to notice any that didn’t belong.

 

Perhaps it’s aliens. Maybe they are landing and loading our sheep onto their spacecraft and taking them to a whole new planet.”

 

For that suggestion I was rewarded by being placed on ‘sheep watch’; made a shepherd, I suppose you could say. I didn’t mind, at least not to start off with. All I had to do was to hang around and keep my eyes open. The problem was that after a while it can get pretty boring with no company other than grazing sheep. My phone had no signal; if it had of done the hours would have flown past.

 

The sheep were undisturbed, relaxed; giving no hint of alarm at the approach of any danger. It wasn’t until it was almost upon me that I heard the pad of heavy footsteps. I looked round and there was this bear.....massive! I’d never seen anything like it before. Hell, now what was I supposed to do?

 

I had nothing I could use as a weapon apart from my crook. And let’s face it, that would be like nothing more than a twig against such an immense beast. Should I try to scare the sheep into running? Should I try and run too? Was there even any point in trying to escape? Perhaps I should just close my eyes and hope for a mercifully quick ending.

 

While I was pondering all these questions and the bear was getting steadily closer, I heard the drone of an engine getting near. A jeep with a large trailer on the back was approaching from a different direction. They could not possibly see the bear! But the bear could see them. It turned it’s head away from me, from the sheep, and focused it’s gaze on the vehicle as it drew closer.

 

The van was slowing. A man jumped out and walked round to the rear of the trailer, opened the door and started walking towards the nearest sheep. He had not noticed me, and jumped when I gave a shout. My yell seemed to galvanize the bear though. It did not target me, did not target the sheep, but headed straight towards the men who were trying to steal our sheep.

 

I watched in open-mouthed amazement as the man suddenly noticed just what was heading his way. His hair actually did stand on end as he dashed and scrambled back into the van, which then struggled to turn in too small a space. It bounced and banged along the road, the door of the trailer swinging wildly backwards and forwards until finally it clattered to the ground. Both vehicle and bear soon disappeared out of sight.

 

I knew what had been happening, then. Nothing to do with the bear, but as I headed back home I knew that I’d have no chance in convincing the men at home of it’s innocence. They would find him guilty just because of what he was. So why mention him, I thought. The trailer door was more than enough evidence to prove the imposters had been there; I’d say how they stopped, got ready to load our sheep into that trailer of theirs.......I’d claim that I had scared them away.

 

Maybe I’d get to watch the sheep again sometime. But I doubt I will ever see that same bear again. And if I do, perhaps I won’t be quite so scared.


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