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the KWH iPad Show #21 ๐Ÿ’œ world’s top 5 wooliest sheep

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Hello & Welcome
to my 21stย episode of the
KWH iPad Show!

Today’s feature is the shear delight
ofย overgrown renegade sheep ๐Ÿ™‚


Chris the Sheep

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Shrek the Sheep

2015 is the year of sheep…ย And if Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep, then I think Australia and New Zealand might be the place to find them! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This theory based on the sheepishly warm ‘n fuzzyย nEWEs reports ofย at least 5 renegade sheepโ€”lost and found in the land Down Under.

New Zealand’s Shrek was the first and most famous baaa-d boy. By shear delight, he held the honour of wooliest sheep EVERย and baaa-sked in the woolerful limelight until his death in 2011.

In 2014, Shrek’s record was bested by fellow New Zealand sheep Big Ben. Rounding-out the year, Big Ben was followed by a couple of Aussie sheep named Samson and Shaunโ€”weighing-in just shy of the overgrown record for living, breathing balls of wool.

Now in 2015, another Aussie sheep called Chris was found to be carrying his own body weight in wool! What a relief to have returnedย home safely, after hisย 6-year walkaboutโ€”weighing-in at 97 pounds, minus his 89 pound sheared fleece. Chris’s fleece willย likely put all other records to pasture… permanently!

Lost from their flocks, this elite handful of born-to-be-wild woolies have somehow managed to wander their way through theย wilderness. Thankfullyโ€”despite being left alone to endure years of burdensome, heavy, matted wool coats thatย pulled the wool over their eyesโ€”these mega merinos were eventually able to come home… Leavingย their record-breaking fleece days behind them ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Shrek (record 2004 – died 2011) โ€” Otago NZ
27 kg / nearly 60 lbs wool fleece

Big Ben (January 2014) โ€” Twizel NZ
28.9 kg / nearly 64 lbs wool fleece

Shaun (August 2014) โ€” Tasmania AU
23.5 kg / 52 lbs wool fleece

Samson (September 2014) โ€” Monaro AU
27.53 kg / nearly 61 lbs wool fleece

Chris (September 2015) โ€” Canberra AU
40.2 kg / 89 lbs wool fleece

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Have you any wool? ย โ™ฅ Jackie

14 responses

  1. Holy cow! Or should I say, sheep!!
    How many sweaters could you knit from 89 lbs of wool???

    Liked by 2 people

    September 8, 2015 at 11:13 am

  2. Amazing!

    Liked by 2 people

    September 9, 2015 at 3:41 am

  3. incredible to see that sheep pic. I didn’t know sheep could get like that!

    Liked by 2 people

    September 10, 2015 at 6:44 am

    • Yes, an incredible sight! I’ve read that sheep in the wild will naturally shed their fleece every year… But domesticated sheep have been modified to continually produceโ€”for the benefit of the industry :-/ โ™ฅ โค

      Liked by 1 person

      September 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  4. What’s precious story. Sweet Chris must have felt so free! โ˜บ๏ธ


    September 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

  5. Pingback: my 200th blog post ๐Ÿ’œ show’s over… hooray!!! | knitting with heart

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