Some of you out there might occasionally appreciate a lame joke. But how about a lamb joke. Okay, it is really more of a sheepish one. In this case it is being perpetrated by Maxine Scott who decided to prank the tourists coming through her area of Scotland, which is the Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre. She selected two of the sheep that live at the center and spray painted them with a red and black tartan.

Tartan Sheep
Tartan Sheep

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I'm not fond of the idea of spray painting animals, but this is a special type of paint that is used during lambing season when "numbering" the lambs. This means that the paint isn't the toxic chemical brew that we are used to when it comes to spray paint. It still must have been a big job to spray two adult sheep red with black plaid marks.

Tartan Sheep
Tartan Sheep

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A notice posted on the sheep's pen explains to the tourists that the diet of the animals consists primarily of the local grass but that they also enjoy some of the local Scottish treats that humans partake of. These treats include shortbread, a type of candy known as Scottish Tablet, and a very popular Scottish soft drink called Irn Bru. It is the latter ingredient in their diet that reputedly changes their wool into the tartan colors.

Irn Bru
Irn Bru

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The sign further states that when the Tartan breed of sheep are born they look like any other sheep, but by the time they are a year old the tartan colors come out. The wool that is gathered from these sheep, the notice states, is used in the making the plaid tartans used to make kilts, blankets, and scarves.

Tartan Sheep Sign
Tartan Sheep Sign

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Scott purchased the park ten years ago and has been decorating her sheep ever since. The park had already had a tradition of creating painted sheep, so she kept up this tongue-in-cheek practice. The sheep in these photos are April and Daisy. Of all the tourists that come by, it is the Americans that seem to enjoy the joke the most. She tells people that the Tartan Sheep change color often and encourages people to come back to see her ewes again.

Tartan Sheep
Tartan Sheep

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The thing that is most impressive about these Tartan Sheep is that these gals actually seem to be smiling and laughing at the joke themselves. I am also surprised that no one has come up with a Tartan Sheep coloring book for adults. They would probably sell like crazy at Scottish Highland festivals all over the United States. Yep. I'm saying I would buy one.

Sources: Daily Mail, Design Taxi, iNews, Wikipedia

Tartan Sheep
Tartan Sheep

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