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'Shaun the Sheep': First Shearing in 7 Years Yields 52 Pounds of Wool

By    |   Friday, 29 Aug 2014 01:08 PM

"Shaun the Sheep," who Australian farmers said has been hiding for years at a homestead in Tasmania, finally faced the clippers this week, surrendering a whopping 52 pounds of wool to his first haircut.

While Shaun's wool total was an impressive haul, it was not a world record. That title is still held by a sheep named Shrek from New Zealand, who had 60 pounds of wool on him after dodging farmers for seven years, according to The Associated Press.

"It would have been nice to have it," farmer Netty Hazel told reporters of the world record. "Now we can concentrate on that if he's well and that he survives it."

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Hazel told the Australian Broadcasting Company that it took about 20 minutes to shear Shaun, adding that her husband Peter had rugs around to make sure he stayed warmed during the process.

"He will go to our spoilt paddock and probably do a few guest appearances around the state," Hazel told ABC News. She added that the shorn fleece also will make the state agricultural show tour rounds, too.

One farmer told BBC News that Shaun, the name taken from the well-known British stop-action children's animation character, had so much wool in his eyes that it was pretty easy to sneak up behind him to catch him. 

"I would have thought it would have been impossible for a sheep to get that long and to have such good wool on him," said farmer Ray Peters.

Shrek became a national celebrity before he died in 2011, according to the BBC News. The sheep, whose nationally-televised shearing in 2004 yielded enough wool to make 20 large suits, was the subject of numerous children books, television specials, and celebrity appearances.

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"Shaun the Sheep," who Australian farmers said has been hiding for years at a homestead in Tasmania, finally faced the clippers this week, surrendering a whopping 52 pounds of wool to his first haircut.
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