Lost sheep found after 6 years, shorn for 46 lbs. of wool
A sheep which was found after being lost in the Australian wilderness for six years was shorn for the first time on Monday, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (AuBC) reported.
Named Sheila, the sheep had been lost in dense forest near Hobart in the Tasmania state since 2010, the AuBC reported.
It was rescued by local man Peter Jones, who found it on the side of a road, unable to move because of the amount of wool in its fleece.
“It winked at me. Obviously it wasn’t dead, so we pulled up and I tried to get it back on its feet,” Jones told AuBC. “It was in the table drain, not a deep one, but a very narrow thing.”
The sheep was sheared by John Alomes and its wool weighed at just over 21 kilograms (46 pounds), which fell short of the Australian fleece record, held by Chris the sheep, whose fleece weighed in at 41 kilograms (90.3 pounds) last year.
“The wool was very clotted, it was yellow up along her back line,” Alomes explained. “So down her spine, she had a lot of vegetable matter in there, gumnuts, sticks, bark and that type of stuff, dirt even, and that’s from living in the conditions she’s been in.”
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