Shaggy sheep story gets a happy ending

World | REUTERS 25 Feb 2021

A wild sheep found in a forest in Australia has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilograms - nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo - after being shorn for the first time in years.

The sheep, named Baarack by rescuers, was spotted by a person who contacted Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary, about 60 kilometers north of Melbourne.

"It appeared Baarack was once an owned sheep," said the Mission's Kyle Behrend. "He had at one time been ear-tagged, but they appear to have been torn out by the thick-matted fleece around his face. Sheep need to be shorn at least annually."

After a much-needed shearing, Baarack's fleece weighed in at 35.4 kg.

"While his hooves were in great condition from running over rocks in the forest, he was in a bit of a bad way," Behrend added. "He was underweight, and due to all of the wool around his face he could barely see."

Baarack is now settling in with other rescued sheep, Behrend said, adding that it "all goes to show what incredibly resilient and brave animals sheep really are."

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