Tuesday, April 20, 2004
59 Pounds of Merino Wool, Anyone?Proof that happy sheep are those that get their shearings:
The fate of a Merino sheep named Shrek, with more than 59 pounds of wool on its back, is being hotly debated in New Zealand.
The 9-year-old wooly wanderer had avoided shepherds and shearers. He roamed for six years before he was spotted in central Otago in the heartland of the south island.
Barely recognizable under nearly a foot long fleece, it took the skills of a well-known shepherd, Daniel Devine, to capture the elusive beast.
Shearers said his coat would yield enough of highly prized merino wool to make more than 20-large men suits.
Shrek was to have its wool sheared on Sunday evening but his notoriety has prompted owner John Perriam to give this shaggiest of all sheep a brief reprieve.
Perriam said he's been contacted by a television network interested in filming a documentary about the animal.
He also said people have suggested raising money for charity when and if the fleece comes off.
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