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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.

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.


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!


shrek-the-sheep-4[2]Also, if a sheep’s wool becomes too large they can get stuck on their backs, unable to get up. Shrek is not the only sheep to hate the shearing process, although it’s a quick and pain-free ordeal that sheep get more and more comfortable with as they age. Baby sheep tend to have the most disdain for shearing, causing a lot of commotion the first few times they experience the process.


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!


Shrek, the nine-year-old sheep, poses for cameras moments before getting his fleece shorn for the first time in six years!


Meet Shrek, he is a Merino Sheep and one of New Zealand’s most beloved icons. He was found wandering the wilderness on his own so debilitated by his overgrown coat because his fleece hadn’t been sheared in 6 years! He was caught in 2004 and they removed 60 pounds of fleece from him.