An errant sheep whose fleece was so overgrown it left his his life in danger, has been rescued by animal charity RSPCA ACT (Australia) and given a record-breaking haircut.
Named “Chris the Sheep” by RSPCA, the incredibly woolly animal was spotted by a walker in the Mulligans Flats area near the NSW-ACT border.
National shearing champion Ian Elkins was brought in to give Chris a much-needed haircut, unwittingly earning the creature a Guinness World Records title for Most wool sheared from a sheep - single shearing.
After 45 minutes of shaving, Chris was 41.10 kg (90 lb 9.76 oz) of wool lighter – an incredible amount when considering the average fleece weighs just 5 kg and takes only a few minutes to remove.
Chief Executive Officer RSPCA ACT, Tammy Ven Dange said: “We certainly didn’t have the world record as priority when we sheared Chris, but we appreciate the recognition.  We can only hope that record is never broken again because it would be unlikely that the animal would live to tell the story.”