Sheep Fattened for Sacrifice Shoves Owner to his Death
An Egyptian sheep destined for sacrificial slaughter forestalled its owner's plans by pushing him to his death from a three-storey building in Alexandria, police said yesterday.
They said Waheeb Hamoudah, 56, who worked in the police tax evasion department, had been feeding the sheep he had tethered on the rooftop when it butted him.
His neighbours found Mr. Hamoudah lying bleeding and concussed on the ground below, with several broken bones, on Monday. He died soon after reaching hospital.
He had been fattening the sheep for the past six weeks and planned to kill it for Eid- al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice, in early March.
Many Egyptian city-dwellers keep livestock on rooftops or balconies or in basements, especially in the run-up to Eid al-Adha.
Reuters, published in the National Post January 3, 2001
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