World's Wooliest Sheep Found In Tasmania?

| by Emily Smith

A farmer in Australia believes he's found the wooliest sheep in the world after he discovered it wandering the Tasmanian wilderness.

The six-year-old ram, nicknamed Shaun after the cartoon character, was caught in scrubland on Sunday after roaming free for years.

“He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face,” farmer Peter Hazell said, “so I snuck up behind him and grabbed him.”

Hazell noted that the sheep was the heaviest he’s ever lifted.

The Tasmanian farmer was amazed that a single sheep could possess so much quality wool, and that it had somehow managed to wander the wild for years without dying.

“Because usually they get cast and can’t get up,” Hazell said. “They get fly-struck or the hot weather gets to them.”

Although Shaun is certainly unique, a similar case occurred in 2004 when a New Zealand sheep named Shrek was caught after wandering for years in the wild. He had dodged human interaction by hiding in caves. After finally being caught, Shrek became the record holder for the world’s wooliest sheep.

Now, Hazell has proposed that Shaun can beat the record, whose fleece weighs in at 40 pounds.

Shaun will receive a haircut in a few days, according to Hazell.

Sources: DailyMail, NY Daily News

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