RSPCA Shears Woolly Sheep To Save Its Life

03/09/2015 10:13 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
Tammy Ven Dange/Twitter

On Thursday, the RSPCA found a very woolly sheep wandering near Canberra. A very woolly sheep. A sheep to rival the infamous Shrek, a New Zealand sheep who avoided capture and shearing for six years.

Check him out, all majestic on top of this hill.


(Tammy Ven Dange/Twitter)

The RSPCA was concerned, saying the sheep's coat -- thought to be the result of five years without a haircut -- could pose a serious health risk.

"There could be infections, flystrike, [the coat] could prevent him from going to the bathroom. There could be a really nasty thing under that coat but we won't know that until we get there," RSPCA ACT boss Tammy Ven Dange​ said, according to the Canberra Times.

Ven Dange put out a desperate call for a shearer.

A saviour came through just in time, and on Friday, the shearing operation began.... sadly, without a live stream.

However, Ven Dange has been steadily posting updates and photos through the mammoth shearing exercise.

And then, finally, a near-finished product.

So fresh, so clean.

And, predictably, people are bloody loving it.

Incredibly, it has been claimed the sheep's coat has notched a world record. Rohan Thomson, a photographer at the Canberra Times, posted this photo.

The RSPCA confirmed the weight as more than 40 kilograms.

UPDATE: The sheep has been shorn. Get back to work, people.

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