It is strange but true that sheep can get stuck on their backs (‘cast’) a bit like a tortoise.
This happens when they lay on their sides and then accidentally roll down a slope, or hole. Once on their backs they cannot right them selves and will die within 24 hours if not turned, as their stomach gasses build up.
So if you see a sheep on its back, grab it and turn it back on its feet – you will probably save its life!
*Rich Heady is a sheep, beef cattle and arable farmer, living in Buckinghamshire, England.