Baah-my! Sheepdog Ci Is Frightened Of - Sheep

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A sheepdog called Ci has become an internet sensation - thanks to a video that shows him running away from sheep on his Somerset Farm.

The four-year-old Border Collie has a deep-rooted fear of the creatures, making it impossible for him to do the job he was theoretically born to do.

According to his owner Jane Lippington, who shot the video, Ci's problem developed when he was a puppy and was placed in a field of sheep.

He was petrified, so now, when tasked with rounding up the 100-strong flock, he is more than likely than not to turn and run.

"If they run away from him, he will go after them and act like a proper sheepdog," said Mrs Lippington. "But the moment they turn and face him he runs away.

"Sheep can be quite aggressive if they think they have the upper hand - they stamp their feet and gang up in numbers and act like an army.

"The only way to make it work is for me to get behind them first and shoo them so they run away and then Ci joins in. It just means a lot more work for us to do."

Although he's a scardy dog, Mrs Lippington says she could not imagine life without Ci on her 200-acre farm in Somerset.

"He might be the worst sheepdog in Britain but there's no way we would be without Ci, he's part of the family," she said.

"I took some footage of it simply because I thought it was funny.

"I don't think he would get very far on One Man and His Dog, he's more suited to You've Been Framed."

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