Sheep discovered in Australian outback may be world's wooliest

Aug 27, 2014

"Shaun" the sheep could be the world's woolliest, after wandering around the Tasmanian southern midlands unshorn for six years. Video: Reuters

Peter and Netty Hazell, two Australian farmers, hope to prove that they have found the world's woolliest sheep, carrying an estimated 25kgs of wool.

Shaun the sheep was found on August 24th, wandering the Tasmanian countryside near Oatlands, 84 kms from Hobart, Tasmania.

"He couldn't see very well because of the wool over his face so I just snuck up behind him and grabbed a hold of him then Netty and I went and got the ute and put him in the back of the ute," farmer Peter Hazell told the ABC.

The six-year-old merino sheep is likely never to have been shorn in his life and is due to have a date with the clippers in the coming days.

The Australian farmers are hoping they might be able to overtake the current world record holder, a New Zealand sheep named Shrek, whose total amount of wool weighed in at 27kgs last year.

Shaun's sheared merino wool is poised to embark on a tour of Australian Agricultural shows in the upcoming months.

Reuters

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