Lower West Pubnico - What’s worse than a bull in a china shop? It might have been a ram in a liquor store.
Yvonne Smith didn’t wait to find out. A customer she had just finished serving at the Lower West Pubnico NSLC on the afternoon of Nov. 30 suddenly exclaimed, “What’s this?” They both looked and caught a glimpse of an animal near the entry.
The automatic door opened and a huge ram trotted in.
“I just said, ‘Oh my God. We’re going to lose a lot of product here,’” said Smith.
She responded immediately. Although she admits the thought of possible injury to herself did cross her mind, the situation demanded immediate action.
“First off, the problem had to go,” she said.
A security camera recorded the removal. The ram, confused by his transparent confinement, butts his head a few times against the glass.
Smith enters the picture and uses the door as a shield to protect herself when he ducks his wooly head and bonks the glass between them.
She watches for an opportunity and when he steps behind a shopping cart, she slips into the entry and grabs the cart. Steering him like a pro, she directs him back through the open door.
Sheep rancher Leroy d’Entremont was the owner of the ram when the incident occurred
“This time of year they get restless,” he said. D’Entremont was bringing his ewes off the Tusket Islands with full intentions of keeping Mr. Ram busy for a while, but the testosterone-fueled ram couldn’t wait.
“He was already at the liquor store. He didn’t have a companion,” said d’Entremont.
The ram broke the track for the NSLC door and a pane of glass on a patio door of another home where he stopped before his visit to the liquor store. D’Entremont is paying for the damages.
His wife, brother and one of his sheep dogs cornered the seven-year-old animal after his adventure at the liquor store and took it back to the farm. He left for a new home in the days following.
Thankfully, Smith didn’t receive any injuries from the adventure but says there has been lots of teasing and requests for interviews.
Cheers for the ram wrangler
The video was posted on Youtube for about a week before being removed by the business.
The comments were almost as comical as the video of the incident.
She deserves a raise - wrangled that ram like a boss.
She's quite brave. If I were her I couldn't even breathe, hiding beside the table.
It's like Lahey (Trailer Park Boys) reincarnated into a ram.
What's the problem, is he under age?