Australian Sheep Sets Woolly Record

Australian Sheep Sets Woolly RecordAustralian Sheep Sets Woolly Record

A sheep in Australia, named Chris, has set a new world record with as much as 40.45 kg of wool shorn from it during a risky shearing operation near capital Canberra, a media report said on Thursday.

It broke the previous world record held by a sheep in New Zealand called Shrek, whose fleece weighed 27 kg, ABC reported.

According to Australia’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the sheep was at high risk as it was very woolly and the animals can develop serious medical conditions if they are not regularly shorn. The RSPCA estimates the sheep, which could barely walk due to the mass of wool, had not been shorn in more than five years. “He’s a Merino sheep, and he needs to be sheared all the time, they’re bred for that specifically, so if you don’t do it, this is what happens. If we can’t find the legal owner then we’ll put him up for adoption,” said RSPCA Chief Tammy Ven Dange.