A runaway sheep with six years’ worth of wool on its back is poised to become the world’s woolliest.
Two Australian farmers say that they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 25kg coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held by neighbouring New Zealand.
Nicknamed “Shaun”, the sheep was found on Aug 24 wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 84km from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the largely rural island state off Australia’s southeastern coast.
“He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed hold of him,” says farmer Peter Hazell, adding that Shaun is the heaviest sheep he has ever lifted.
The six-year-old merino sheep has likely never been shorn in his life, the farmers say. According to additional media reports, Shaun is thought to have escaped from a different farm six years ago and has since been surviving in the wild, accumulating his record-breaking fleece.
But now that he’s been captured, Shaun is due for a date with the clippers. The Australian farmers say they anticipate Shaun will overtake the world record, currently held by a New Zealand sheep called Shrek. – Reuters