It’s not quite like Spain’s running of the bulls but today’s running of the sheep in Te Kuiti did have a casualty.
The first woolly breach came just a few hundred metres from the starting line. That was quickly contained, but the mob’s next probe was not.
What started as a trickle rapidly became a flood, and with the barrier down Te Kuiti’s Sheep Run began to look very much like its Spanish counterpart.
A woman was bowled over by the marauding mob, her injuries no laughing matter. She was knocked over, losing consciousness.
The running of the sheep is an annual event to coincide with the national sheep shearing championships.