Soay sheep are considered to be the only living example of
the small, primitive sheep which inhabited the British Isles before the coming
of the Norsemen and Romans.
Their name is derived from the island of Soay off the coast
of Scotland. Soays were originally imported to North America in 1974. They are
a small framed sheep with a fleece that varies from light to dark brown in
color and is shed naturally in the summer.