AN abandoned sheep has captured the hearts of a community in Ossett who flocked to help him.
Curly the ram spent the cold winter on his own in a field off Queen’s Drive, near the M1 motorway bridge.
It is not known how he got there, or who his owner was.
But while some feared Curly was dumped for being small in size, others who spotted him have suggested he may have escaped and made a dash for freedom on the way to a slaughterhouse.
Families living nearby quickly established a bond with Curly, making sure he was fed and given water. And they have even built him a shelter.
Shaun Womersley, 46, of Queen’s Drive, said he first noticed Curly in October last year.
He said: “We’ve no idea how he got there, but as soon as I noticed him I wanted to make sure he was getting food and water. When I could see the winter weather coming I built him a little shelter.”
Curly has now been rehomed at the Roleystone animal sanctuary, in Shipley, where he has been castrated and immunised.
And people have been raising money so that he can stay at the sanctuary, which is run by volunteers and struggles for funding.
Curly thanked the people for looking after him and said he enjoyed his time in Ossett.
Mr Womersley said he was going to visit Curly this weekend. He added: “It would be nice if he could stay at the sanctuary because it’s a really good place for him.”
Dianne French, who runs the Roleystones sanctuary with eight others, said it could take time for Curly to fit in with his new flock.
She said: “The other sheep came to us in a cardboard box and have never seen any of their own kind before, so Curly gets some funny looks.
“I think they’re a bit scared of his horns as well, despite being three times his size. But I imagine they will get used to each other. Curly has come here to retire, more or less.”
Deborah Hemingway, of Queen’s Drive, said: “Everyone has really grown to love Curly, and he has taken a liking to Shaun. The volunteers do a great job and we need to raise some money for them.”
To help Curly and the sanctuary, visit www.roleystone sanctuary.org.uk