This year, 2015, represents ‘the year of sheep’ which is one of the Chinese zodiac. It is the similar concept in western astrology and means a circle of animals of 12.
Each year has a feature of an animal according to a 12-year cycle and sheep is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals. In Chinese zodiac the year of sheep and goat are used in turns. Are you not curious what differences are between sheep and goat?
Sheep’s behavior can be understood on the basis of the tendencies, they are flock animals and strongly gregarious, their natural inclination to follow a leader is one of the most distinctive behaviors. All sheep have a tendency to congregate close to other members of a flock, so sheep can become stressed when separated from their flock members.
If they lose the leader or have no shepherd, they flee from their own territory in panic. So they are flocking around their leader and when listen to the voice of shepherd, they rush to the shepherd even though their optical vision is poor to recognize the objects.
Goats establish a hierarchy in flocks through head butting. They have a tendency to be curious to a new thins, so explore anything new or unfamiliar in their surroundings. Usually goats tend to display less flocking behavior than sheep and when grazing undisturbed, tend to spread across the field or range rather than as do sheep. \
When nursing young, goats leave their kids separated rather than as do sheep. They will generally turn and face an intruder and they are more likely to charge or butt at humans than as do sheep.
John 10:11~12 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.