Governors Island sheep to eat invasive plants during summer

GOVERNORS ISLAND, Manhattan (WABC) -- Governors Island is getting some unconventional help in the landscaping department.

Five sheep from Albany will spend the summer on the island and keep it in top shape.

These wooly workers named Flour, Sam, Chad, Philip and Aries hail from Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm.

RELATED | Canada goose protecting its brood causing problems at New Jersey diner
EMBED More News Videos

An angry bird is on the attack in New Jersey and has been swooping in and dive-bombing anyone that ruffles its feathers by getting too close -- but there's a reason why.



Over the next five months, the flock will munch on any invasive plant species that sprout up in the Hammock Grove.

Sheep's love for plants, such as grasses, phragmites and flowering plants like mugwort and sunflowers, make them a natural fit for the job.


Sheep have been used this way in other city-owned and federal properties.

ALSO READ | Dog rescued after getting paw stuck in escalator
EMBED More News Videos

Port Authority Police officers Anthony Manfrendini and Matthew Maiello say they heard the dog's yelping and its owners panicked screams Wednesday after 1 p.m. at the Journal Square Path Station in Jersey City.



----------
* Get Eyewitness News Delivered
* More Manhattan news
* Send us a news tip
* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
* Follow us on YouTube
Submit a News Tip
Copyright © 2021 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.