WHY did the sheep cross the road? To teach the youngsters how to do it safely.

This sheep in Marsden would seem to be the perfect parent after steering a lamb across the busy A62 Manchester Road using a zebra crossing.

It shows you can’t pull the wool over the eyes of the sheep in Marsden, which are renowned for their ingenuity.

Some years ago marauding flocks, apparently unhappy with their lot up on the moors, went into Marsden in search of a change of scenery.

But they caused havoc on the roads, destroyed gardens and generally made a mess.

Many wondered how the mischievous sheep were getting across cattle grids.

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Some locals said the rogue sheep had mastered a commando roll technique for bypassing the grids, installed in local roads to prevent livestock wandering about.

Others said the sheep were easily able to leap 5ft high fencing and squeeze through gaps as small as eight inches.

Sheep crossing the road in Marsden

The crossing picture was posted on the Marsden community Facebook page by Michael O’Neill, an retweeted by delighted officers at Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing team.

It shows the sheep have lost none of their guile and they have now added cracking the Green Cross Code to their list of achievements

Watch: Laurus the sheep gets a plaster cast

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