Lost sheep rescued in Australia shorn of 35 kg fleece

Lost sheep gets a shave

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An Australian sheep is 35.4 kilograms lighter today after it was found alone and wandering.

Reuters is reporting the sheep was found by a member of the public, the good Samaritan then reached out to Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary near Lancefield, Victoria, north of Melbourne Australia, according to the Mission’s Kyle Behrend.

“It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep,” said Behrend, “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. The sheep could barely stand and was having trouble seeing because of the wool around its eyes. Behrend said Baarack’s fleece weighed in at 35.4 kilograms.

“Whilst his hooves were in great condition from running over the rocks in the forest, he was in a bit of a bad way. He was underweight, and due to all of the wool around his face he could barely see," he told Reuters.

Baarack appears to have found a new home at Edgar’s Mission.

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