Rogue Sheep Shot Dead On Perth Freeway
A sheep has been shot dead after it wandered onto train tracks in Perth, causing rail and traffic delays.
The incident on Kwinana Freeway on Wednesday was filmed by car occupants and train passengers, with one commuter commenting "tranquiliser, though".
Main Roads initially reported that the sheep had been tranquilised about 12.30pm near the Roe Highway exit, Community News reported.
Photos posted to social media, however, revealed the sheep had actually been shot.
City of Cockburn recreation and community safety manager Travis Moore said the sheep was humanely euthanised by a ranger after attempts to capture it over several hours.
"These proved to be unsuccessful, causing a number of delays to train services and danger to motorists and officers involved," Mr Moore said in an emailed statement.
"The agencies involved determined that euthanising the sheep via the use of a firearm was the most appropriate course of action, after it was observed to be in distress, further increasing the risk to public safety."
The sheep was reported wandering on the Kwinana Freeway northbound about 8am. By 10am, it was all over social media.
The council is trying to determine where the sheep came from.
The sheep shooting was a hot topic with Paul & Lise on Thursday morning, Paul even penned a poem about the incident:
Mary had a little lamb
And that lamb just wouldn’t learn
That silly little jumbuck blocked a train down in Cockburn
It walked along the tracks on day, in a most inconvenient place
It held up far too many commuters, so they shot it in the face
Paul & Lise then opened the phones to find out whether the shooting of the sheep in front of commuters was too heavy-handed, check out the video up top.