Australia: world’s wooliest sheep finally gets a trim

A lost sheep found wandering the Australian wilderness outside Canberra has at last been relieved of its massively overgrown wooly fleece.

Lost sheep gets a shear.

Lost sheep gets a shear. Image by Korona Lacasse / CC BY 2.0

The sheep, named Chris, was shorn by shearing champ Ian Elkins who said this was one of his most challenging jobs. Chris had to be sedated to remove the enormous amount of wool which weighed in at an incredible 40kg, beating the previous world record set by another lost sheep from New Zealand named Shrek, who was found back in 2004 with a coat weighing 27kg. Read more: bbc.co.uk

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