Meet Rambro, an Arapawa sheep with anger management issues who, when he isn't ramming motorcycles and heavy equipment, stars in YouTube videos with view counts in the millions.
Rambro, as he's been dubbed by owner Marty Todd, has emerged as an unlikely yet oddly endearing YouTube star. Todd acquired Rambro from his previous owner: a sheep farmer who planned on killing the semi-feral sheep due to its elevated aggression towards dogs, fences, pretty much anything that got in its way.
Since then, the so-called “Angry Ram” has taken advantage of his new lease on life, running roughshod over the motorbike trails criss-crossing Todd's 100-acre spread near Nelson, New Zealand. Rambro acts rather ungrateful towards his rescuer, however, and it was via an encounter with Todd back in August of 2013 (humorously enhanced with "Yakety Sax") that the irascible ram head-butted his way to internet stardom.
Todd lives off the grid though he maintains an internet connection. He set up a YouTube channel about six years ago “to share my ideas, creations, adventures and to show people how easy it is to live off the grid & save money.” Rambro, however, soon became the focus of Todd's posts due to demand from a fascinated public spanning the globe. Indeed, Rambro's exploits have been reported on as far away as Russia. Check out Marty's channels here and here. Rambro also has Facebook and Twitter pages, naturally.
Rambro's appeal isn't that hard to fathom. The spiral-horned sheep (both horns have partially broken off over the years) isn't very big but the combination of those wicked horns, the way he paws the earth with a hoof before charging, and his hackle-raising growling bleat make him an admirable force to be reckoned with.
Arapawa Sheep come from Arapaoa Island, a small island in the Marlborough Sounds situated 85 km (about 53 miles) east of Nelson at the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island. It's thought the sheep originally arrived on the island in the mid-1860s after a shipwreck – the waters of the Cook Strait can be notoriously unpredictable. Arapawa Sheep are related to commercial Merino Sheep but generations of life on rugged Arapaoa Island have caused the sheep to evolve – or perhaps devolve – into a more primeval form.
Rambro is a splendid example of the “rare” Arapawa breed and to be sure, his attitude is anything but sheepish. Todd's many videos record Rambro taking on everything from punching bags to quadcopter drones to a six-ton excavator... only the latter came out undamaged.
Todd can occasionally calm Rambro down by distracting him with food, usually his favorite snack: Sheep Nuts. At such times Rambro will allow himself to be sheared in early summer or have a GoPro camera mounted on his back. Well, barely allow himself – after being sheared he immediately charged the cameraman.
Although Todd sells “Angry Ram” shirts and hoodies online, one can't really accuse him of exploiting Rambro for his own benefit. In fact, i would appear he's putting any funds raised through such efforts towards ensuring Rambro's nutritional needs are being looked after.
As well, Rambro is a family ram now – he has a “wife” named Ewenice, a son named Dodge, and lately a young daughter whose name hasn't been determined at press time. We're pulling for “Rambi”. Todd states that he buys milk powder for the young lambs and he's grateful for those who've bought Angry Ram shirts and thus allowed him to improve the Rambro family's quality of life. Good to know he – or Rambro – aren't pulling the wool over anyone's eyes.