Just when you think you have seen it all, you drive past a sheep with a belt tied right around its waist. Looking a bit more closely, you notice that the belt includes a backward facing plastic board. The possibilities are endless, but considering the sheep is male . . . one conclusion seems most obvious, but only one way to know for sure.
“Wilson, why is that sheep wearing a belt?”
Wilson seems a bit embarrassed, thus confirming your suspicions.
“It is because they don’t want more sheep.”
“Of course, but why not?”
“Gestation is three months for a sheep and the babies would be born during the dry season. So they put those belts on the male sheep for a few months each year.”
“So it’s a chastity belt for sheep. What will the Maasai think of next?” I think.
I have to say I keep picturing some zoo designing these for elephants or something to keep them from breeding. It would be a lot cheaper than birth control medication, though I can’t even begin to imagine what the visitors would think.