People on the internet have been left baffled by a video in which blue sheep appear to defy gravity as they gambol on a sheer cliff face in China’s remote Valley of the Cats in Qinghai province.
Biologist Imogene Cancellare captured the video on July 19 while she was in the valley researching snow leopards. The Valley of the Cats is a unique natural region where visitor access is restricted in order to protect the landscape and wildlife.
Cancellare posted this video of the sheep to Twitter on September 11 with a caption saying, “blue sheep doing the impossible, per usual.” Blue sheep are indeed known to “inhabit upland slopes in a wide range throughout China,” according to the Encyclopaedia Brittanica.
The video had more than one million views within two days and produced a wide range of reactions online. Replies to Cancellare’s tweet ranged from “this is wild” to claims that the video was filmed at an angle. Cancellare told Storyful that “this video was shot on an iPhone X (vertical orientation) from a car and is on a slight angle.” Credit: Imogene Cancellare via Storyful