Aerial photographer Tim Whittaker compiled this footage of sheep in the Hawke’s Bay region of the North Island. The herd moves like an enormous, shape-shifting organism – it’s fascinating to watch the mass of the sheep squeeze through gates and settle into new forms.
Some more funny and random headlines from around the world: Rowling unmasked as crime novelist:
Norway PM works as secret cab driver: Norway’s PM Jens Stoltenberg spent a day working undercover as a taxi driver in Oslo, he reveals, saying he wanted to hear voters’ real views.
Venezuela gets tough on hair thieves: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls on the police to act against gangs who are stealing women’s hair.
Forty pythons found in Canada motel: Canadian animal welfare officers in Brantford, Ontario, rescue 40 distressed pythons from plastic storage bins in a motel room.
Isolated Peru tribe ‘asks for food’: Members of one of the most isolated tribes on Earth have briefly emerged from the Peruvian jungle to ask for food, activists say.
Wayward China toilet users face fine: Public toilet users in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are to be fined if they cannot urinate accurately in city facilities.
‘Alien’ gargoyle on ancient abbey: A gargoyle on a historic 13th Century abbey causes a social media sensation with its resemblance to the monster from the Alien films.
Woman settles $105,000 parking fine: A Chicago woman settles $105,000 (£67,540) in parking fines assessed after her car was abandoned at an airport in 2009, local media report.
Widower’s love song makes top 10: A 96-year-old who wrote a touching love song to his late wife enters the top 10 on the US iTunes chart.
Queen’s limousine auctioned for £40k: A car that was once owned and driven by the Queen sells for £40,500 at auction.
Men’s height ‘up 11cm since 1870s’: The average height of European men has risen by almost 11cm since the mid-19th century, experts have found.
NZ man escapes ‘stalking’ crocodile: A New Zealand tourist has returned to safety after being menaced by a large crocodile off Western Australia for two weeks, a report says.
Man buys tweet to complain about BA: A disgruntled customer has used the same social media ad tools as BA to complain about lost luggage.
Bob Geldof set to travel into space: Bob Geldof has announced he will travel into space as a passenger on a commercial flight.
Pope Francis gifted 20-year-old car: An Italian priest gives Pope Francis a 20-year-old white Renault 4 to drive himself around Vatican city.
Bulgarian man swims lake tied in bag: A Bulgarian man has swum more than 2km (1.25 miles) tied up in a bag in a bid to set a Guinness World record, event organisers say.
Some more funny and random headlines from around the world:
- Medellin is ‘most innovative city’: The Colombian city of Medellin is voted as the world’s most innovative for its modern transport system, environmental policies and cultural offerings.
- Man says ex-girlfriend ‘stole sperm’: US media reports a Louisiana man sues a clinic accusing his ex-girlfriend of stealing his sperm and using it to get pregnant.
- Dog ‘saves’ missing Polish girl: Firefighters in Poland say a small dog probably saved the life of a three-year-old girl who went missing from her home overnight in freezing temperatures.
- Miners fired for doing Harlem Shake: Up to 15 miners in Australia have been fired after performing a version of the Harlem Shake underground and posting a video of it online.
- Hanoi bans short, fat traffic police: Vietnam takes short, obese and abusive traffic police off the streets of Hanoi to improve the force’s tarnished public image, reports say.
- Sabbath star pens Eurovision entry: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi writes the song which will represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest.
- ‘Viking sunstone’ found in shipwreck: A crystal found in a shipwreck could be similar to a sunstone – a navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, scientists believe.
- Mind the Gap returns after wife plea: A 40-year-old “mind the gap” recording once heard across the Tube will return to one station – so the widow of the actor behind it can hear his voice.
- Fake fingers ‘used for Brazil fraud’: A Brazilian doctor faces charges of fraud after being caught on camera using silicone fingers to sign in for her absent colleagues, police say.
- Sick leave shark wrestler is sacked: A charity worker is sacked after his bosses saw footage of him wrestling a shark in Australia while he was on sick leave for stress.
- MPs locked in after working late: Two MPs are locked in the House of Commons Library on Wednesday, having stayed there working late.
- Titanic violin genuine, say experts: A violin thought to be the one played by the band leader on the Titanic as it sank is the genuine article, according to experts.
- Doctor Who script ‘locked away’: Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat admits he is taking special care to protect the secrets of the programme’s 50th anniversary story in November.
- BBC film ‘disturbed polar bears’: A film-maker who shot a BBC documentary about polar bears could be fined after Norwegian authorities said his methods disturbed the wild animals.
- Marmite returns to New Zealand shops: ‘Marmageddon’ over as New Zealand shops restock locally-made Marmite, after shortages caused by the Christchurch quake in 2011.
- Runaway lorry scare on German road: A heavy lorry careers along a German motorway for 10km (six miles) with an unconscious driver at the wheel, but nobody is hurt.
- Canadian had knife in back for years: Doctors in Canada remove a knife from an unwitting man’s back more than three years after he was stabbed in a fight.
- Groundhog ‘indicted’ for late spring: Ohio prosecutors issue an “indictment” against Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog famed for predicting spring’s arrival, after he got it wrong this year.
- Pope calls kiosk to stop newspapers: Newly-elected Pope Francis stuns the owners of a Buenos Aires newspaper kiosk, by phoning directly to cancel his order.
- Rare Beatles photos fetch £30,000: Pictures of The Beatles’ historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by an amateur photographer who bluffed his way backstage, sell for £30,000.
- Ford sorry for Berlusconi advert: The Indian unit of Ford apologises for an advert showing former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi with a group of bound women in the boot of a car.
- Lack of snow worries Sochi chiefs: Organisers of the 2014 Winter Olympic store snow for next February’s event after unseasonably warm temperatures in Sochi.
- Lamb’s survival story on Twitter: Meet Micro Lamb – the tiny Hebridean lamb who survived the freezing North Yorkshire weather – and got her own Twitter account.
- Game lets Argentina invade Falklands: An Argentine company develops map for the online game Counter Strike in which Argentine ‘police’ players fight British ‘terrorists’ on the Falklands Islands.
- Louvre is most visited venue of 2012: The Louvre in Paris tops the list of the most visited art museums of 2012, according to the Art Newspaper.
- Olympic Park opens up for tours: The London Olympic Park is reopened to visitors with 20,000 tickets sold in advance.
- US ‘pregnant man’ refused a divorce: An Arizona judge refuses to grant a divorce for a transgender man who gave birth to three children.