Rescued Sheep Gets an Emergency Haircut

Chris the sheep is nearly 90 pounds lighter after an emergency haircut at the RSPCA ACT in Australia.
Chris the sheep is nearly 90 pounds lighter after an emergency haircut at the RSPCA ACT in Australia.

After living in the wild in Australia for at least five years, Chris the sheep was weighted down with so much merino wool that he could barely walk. The RSPCA ACT rescued him after getting a call from a Good Samaritan who’d spotted him. The shelter put out an urgent call for sheep shearers to help Chris on Wednesday, and national shearing champion Ian Elkins responded. He sheared nearly 90 pounds of wool from Chris and said he’d never seen anything like it in his 35 years of work. Officials said Chris was about four to five times his normal size before being sedated for his haircut. The RSPCA said the shearing set an unofficial world record as the most wool hauled from one shearing. Veterinarians plan to keep Chris under observation for a few more days before making him available for adoption. — See photos at the U.K.’s BBC News

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