Police shepherd to safety a lost, lone sheep along a highway

(Tony Rhodin/The Express-Times via AP)

WILSON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania police became shepherds when they wrangled a lost sheep wandering alone along a highway and corralled it to safety, authorities said.

Wilson police were initially responding to a report of a truck crash on Route 22 early Wednesday morning. But they found no vehicle or injured persons, only a sheep, LehighValleyLive.com reported.

Officer Tyler Smith wrangled the sheep to the shoulder of the eastbound lanes, police said.

Officers had to cut a hole in the chain link fence below the highway to get the animal to safety, and Officer Tom Migliore led the sheep on a leash after it was brought down from the highway.

Officers don’t know how the sheep ended up on the busy highway during rush hour, they said, but speculated it could have fallen off a truck. The animal didn’t appear injured and had a tagged ear, police said.

The animal was taken to a farm, where it was to stay until its owner could be found.