Sheep dog adapts her skills to herd 1,400 turkeys

Looking after hundreds of prized turkeys before Christmas is no easy task.

And with hungry foxes ready to pounce under cover of darkness, farmer John Wright would spend ages getting the birds safely inside each night.

But his pre-festive daily routine has been transformed by his trusty sheep dog Molly, who has adapted her herding talents to dealing with 1,400 turkeys.

Four-year-old Molly runs around and takes just 20 minutes to round up the turkeys – a job that previously could take four people two hours to complete

Four-year-old Molly runs around and takes just 20 minutes to round up the turkeys – a job that previously could take four people two hours to complete

The four-year-old dog runs around and takes just 20 minutes to round up the turkeys – a job that previously could take four people two hours to complete.

Mr Wright, 27, bought Molly after ‘falling in love with her big blue eyes’ and found she had a natural ability as a turkey hustler.

He said: ‘I took her with me one day because she follows me around everywhere and started throwing apples under the hedges to get the turkeys out because I can’t get under there.

‘As I started throwing them left and right she started rounding them up - so I started shouting a few commands and she just took to it.’

Farmer John Wright's pre-festive daily routine has been transformed by his trusty sheep dog Molly, who has adapted her herding talents to dealing with 1,400 turkeys

Farmer John Wright's pre-festive daily routine has been transformed by his trusty sheep dog Molly, who has adapted her herding talents to dealing with 1,400 turkeys

Mr Wright, 27, bought Molly after ‘falling in love with her big blue eyes’ and found she had a natural ability as a turkey hustler

Mr Wright, 27, bought Molly after ‘falling in love with her big blue eyes’ and found she had a natural ability as a turkey hustler

Molly responds to special commands such as ‘go’ to round up those who have been separated and ‘speak’ to get them all moving by banging her paws on the ground or barking

Molly responds to special commands such as ‘go’ to round up those who have been

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