Sheep with 35kgs of wool rescued in Australia

Nicknamed Baarack, the rescued sheep had a densely matted coat that grew unchecked for years. (Image credit: Courtesy of Edgar's Mission)

A rogue overgrown sheep found roaming through regional Australia has been shorn of his 35kg fleece – a weight even greater than that of the famous New Zealand sheep Shrek, who was captured in 2005 after six years on the loose.The merino ram, dubbed Baarack by rescuers, was discovered wandering alone with an extraordinarily overgrown wool coat, and was promptly shorn to save his life.

According to Mission Kyle, Baarack didn’t have a haircut for more than five years. Behrend told, “It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep, he had at one time been ear-tagged, however these appear to have been torn out by the thick matted fleece around his face.”
“Sheep need to be shorn at least annually otherwise the fleece continues to grow and grow, as happened here,” said Behrend. After his shearing, Behrend said Baarack’s fleece was found to be 35.4 kilogrammes (or about 78 pounds) in weight. 

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