Chris the sheep: Merino with famously overgrown fleece dies

Sun Online Desk

22nd October, 2019 02:20:13 printer

Chris the sheep: Merino with famously overgrown fleece dies

 

Chris the sheep, a merino famed for once being discovered with the world's heaviest fleece, has died in Australia.

The animal generated global attention in 2015 after being spotted in the wild carrying what was described as six years' worth of wool.

A life-saving haircut followed, with a shearer removing 41.1kg (88lb) of fleece - later confirmed to be a world record, reports BBC.

On Tuesday, his carers at a New South Wales farm said he had died of old age.

Chris was thought to be aged 10 - a fairly average lifespan for a merino sheep.

He won many fans after being spotted and rescued near Canberra four years ago.

At the time, animal welfare experts warned that the weight of the wool - at almost five times the normal size - was a risk to his health.

It was later removed by a national shearing champion.

 

 


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