It didn't appear (to me) that the sheep was any too happy about the adventure. Anyway, sheep (and goats) have a pretty good sense of balance so it probably was "for real." Animal cruelty comes to mind, however.
"It's tough to make predictions, especially when it involves the future." ~Attributed to many
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is." ~(perhaps by) Yogi Berra
"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge."~ Lau tzu