A flock of sheep stormed an Intersport sports shop in the Tyrolean ski resort of St. Anton am Arlberg's. The resort is located in the Austrian district of Landeck, a popular route for sheep herders in the area.
80 sheep stormed their way in the shop, and there was no stopping them from bringing chaos, the Austrian Independent reported. The sheep clashed with tourists, as the resort is located on one of the herders' migration routes.
The herders traverse and use the mountain environment in the Tyrolean Alps for their sheep drives. This weekend, an early blizzard had covered the pastures with snow, forcing the shepherds to return to the village.
Apparently, the sheep got derailed off their original path when one of the rams leading the herd saw his reflection in a store window and became so irritated by it that he stormed in, to confront it.
“We think one of them saw its reflection in a mirror and came in to investigate. […] And being sheep, of course the rest of them decided to follow,” a spokesman for the Intersport shop said.
Because the store was fitted with automatic sliding doors, the sheep couldn't exactly storm it and cause massive damage.
A few bikes and other sports equipment were sent flying around the shop, but no “dramatic" loss was registered, managing director Michael Ess said.
The sheep did manage to chew on two sports bras and a T-shirt, before being escorted out of the store. Security guards hitched the ram that started it all to a dumbbell, using a skipping rope, and pulled it outside. He left a cow pat to show his lack of appreciation for the guards' gesture.
Shop assistants just stood there for a while, in complete shock, before acting to get the sheep out. Check out their reaction in the video below: