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.
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.
— Tammy Ven Dange (@tvendange) September 2, 2015
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.
Shearer Ian Elkins with the over 40kg (world record breaking) fleece at the RSPCA this morning. pic.twitter.com/lCD1BhlIOi— Rohan Thomson (@rohanthomson) September 3, 2015
The RSPCA confirmed the weight as more than 40 kilograms.
The official number is in (minus 2kg for the bag)! pic.twitter.com/l69eQlW3NV— RSPCA ACT (@rspcaact) September 3, 2015
UPDATE: The sheep has been shorn. Get back to work, people.Suggest a correction