THEY say never work with children or animals.
And BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson may now agree with the old adage, after filming scenes for the show descended into chaos when a herd of sheep ran amok – with some nearly ending up in the River Avon.
The presenter and farmer was joined by sheepdog Peg to herd the flock down Sheep Street in celebration of Shakespeare’s home town and the family’s trade in wool.
The flock were supposed to move down the street – which had been closed for the occasion – while Mr Henson interviewed Stratford mayor Tessa Bates. The sheep were due to end up in a waiting pen in Bancroft Gardens.
But it is believed overzealous spectators spooked the animals, which then decided to take their very own walk in the park. One of the sheep tried to headbutt an elderly man while two disappeared down the side of Lambs restaurant – it is not known if they were on a rescue mission.
It has been reported the sheep were running dangerously close to the river, but Henson, his sheepdog and various bystanders managed to capture the sheep and herd them all safely into the waiting pen.
Eyewitness Sarah Steegar wrote on twitter: “I just literally almost got plowed down by a sheep gone rogue in Stratford. Not the photo I intended to take!”