For the next six months, you can spot an unusual sight in the Paris, France: four miniature black sheep grazing in the park between the Municipal Archive buildings in the 19th Arrondissement.
Brought into the capital as part of Mayor Bertrand Delanoë’s commitment to the environment, the sheep are being used on a trial basis, replacing traditional gas-guzzling lawnmowers. Not only do the sheep’s presence reduce the use of pesticides as well as the noise and fuel concerns of lawnmowers, they are, incidentally, great fertilizers as well.
The low tech program, known as eco-grazing, involves four sheep from Ouessent Island, off the coast of Brittany. The rare breed stand barely over two feet tall and are considered hardy and too small to be eaten. At the archives, they are contained behind a high, electrified fence and monitored by a security guard, while spending their nights at a Paris Farm.
Costing the city only $335, the sheep are given the task of ‘mowing’ and maintaining the 2,000 square meter area until October 2013. Should the experiment be successful, more Parisian landmarks could see these shaggy mowers gracing their lawns in the near future.
Check out the living mowers in action in the video below: