Shaun may be the world's woolliest sheep

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  1. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    The world's woolliest sheep - dubbed Shaun - has been found wandering by two farmers in Tasmania, Australia. Shaun's so hairy, he wasn't difficult to catch:

    "He can't see, so I snuck up [on him]," Farmer Peter Hazell said.

    A tag on the sheep revealed Shaun had probably escaped from a farm on the eastern coast and had been on walkabout for about six years. He's thought to be carrying around 45lbs/20kg in wool weight.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-...s-woolliest-sheep/5695048?WT.ac=statenews_tas
     

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  3. PrimeSuspect

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    awwww poor guy, he probably can barely move. Made me think of this though, :D

    flock-pushing.jpg
     
  4. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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  5. FigTree

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    I hope they are going to give Shaun a shear now.
    Poor guy - that's a lot of jumpers to be wearing at once.
    Lucky its winter and not Summer.
    He'll have some stories to tell when he gets back to the farm though ;)
     
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  7. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    Without looking it up, I'm going to guess the farmer.

    And now I'll look it up.
     
  8. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    Lol, Wrong!
     
  9. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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    That wiki link didn't work for me. I listened to this youtube version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sDSYVfnj_E

    If that version is correct, then the answer is "none of the above." I don't know how reliable the youtube version is, though, since I noticed that the "rat" in the video is actually a mouse. :sheesh:
     
  10. Meryl12

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    They did shear a lot of the wool from poor shaun and it weighed 22 kg. They said they could not shear all of it off because the weather was still too cold. They said it did not break the record, a sheep in New Zealand had a 25 kg fleece.
    Shaun's fleece may have weighed that much but they had to leave a lot so he would not freeze.
    The poor sheep had been wool blind for a long time and was carrying around 22 kg fleece, he would feel very different now, not to mention being able to see where he was going.
     
  11. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    There's a video! He looks very shaky on his feet after the shearing - as if he can't get his balance now the wool's not weighing him down. I hope Shaun gets kept as a pet and not eaten.

    [video=youtu;eWdYZKyomn0]http://youtu.be/eWdYZKyomn0[/video]
     
  12. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_the_House_That_Jack_Built
    This is the judge all shaven and shorn
    That married the man all tattered and torn
    That kissed the maiden all forlorn
    That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
     
  13. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for those lyrics! Now I'm going to be singing that song in my sleep tonight .... after I count sheep. :countsheep:
     
  14. Meryl12

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    Yes the owners said shaun had become lost after escaping some bushfires, that resulted in him not a getting regular shearing. Once that happens sheep become wool-blind and they stagger around...blind. Shaun could still eat the grass at his feet but needed his ownders to find him as he could not find them.
    They said they will keep him as a family pet after his six year ordeal. They estimated he had been lost about six years. His fleece was over 12 inches long, and will be kept as an exhibit.
     

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