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Wool week: 15 wonders of wool

Sometimes you need to let go: Shrek the sheep ran away and hid in a cave in New Zealand for 6 years. When Shrek was finally found in 2004, the sheep had gone unsheared for so long that it had accumulated 60 pounds of wool on its body.

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Shrek the runaway sheep is a shear celebrity

Shrek the sheep. Shrek, the New Zealand merino sheep which spent 6 years on the run from his owners, finally had his long-postponed encounter with a pair of shears. I can't look at these photos without laughing. What a champ!

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Shrek was a Merino sheep, a castrated male, belonging to South Island, New Zealand, who gained international fame in 2004 owing to his gigantic coat of fleece. Shrek became famous after escaping his enclosure and evading the shearers for six years by hiding in caves. Merino sheep are usually shorn annually but Shrek managed to escape the blade for six years straight. When he was finally caught, the sheep was unrecognizable.

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Shrek the sheep This New Zealand #Libertarian dodged spring shearings by hiding in a cave for 6yrs His owners couldn't even tell he was a sheep when they found him

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This NZ sheep avoided shearing for 6 years by hiding in caves ... it had enough fleece for 20 suits when it was finally sheared. Hopefully it felt a bit cooler and lighter afterwards!

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There was a sheep in New Zealand who, by hiding in caves, successfully avoided being shorn for 6 consecutive years. When he was finally caught in 2004, his fleece weighed 60 lbs and contained enough wool to make suits for 20 men. He was shorn on national television and became a national icon, even meeting the NZ prime minister. I can't look at these photos without laughing. What a champ!

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New Zealand mourns Shrek the sheep

NZ mourns Shrek the sheep's death