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The Faroe Isles Google-Mapped by Sheep

(Photo by Melissa Macaya/The Washington Post)

Since November this year, if you look up the Faroe Islands (located between Norway and Iceland) on Google Maps, you can “Street View” them - that is, view photos of them as if you were walking around the landscape in person. The Islands’ tourism board felt that “Street Views” of their beautiful scenery would help draw tourists, but knew that the usual method of using cars mounted with cameras to film would not work on their rugged territory, so recruited some of their plentiful sheep instead. They attached solar-powered, 360 degree cameras to their backs and let them loose.

The shaggy Faroese sheep are believed to have been imported by the Vikings in the 9th century, and now actually outnumber the 50,000 residents. The images taken by the sheep have since been supplemented by photos taken by humans, both locals and tourists, and the camera-bearing sheep have gone back to their regular duties.

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