August 14, 2015 2:48 PM EDT

More than 2.8 million people have watched a video of two New Zealand boys trying to ride their pet sheep on Facebook since their mother Sally Steiner uploaded the viral footage earlier this week. In the clip, her son Oliver tries to ride a sheep named Dotty, while her son James tries to ride a sheep named Sinead:

In this second clip, however, the youngster Oliver gets really excited about hitching a ride on Dotty, but the animal bolts (the kid looks like he had a blast anyway):

Maybe the sheep got camera shy? Maybe it felt sheepish?

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