Australia to shear overgrown sheep

Australia to shear giant merino sheep following appearance of volunteer expert

Photo by: Twitter
Photo by: Twitter

The photo was shared by Tammy Ven Dange from RSPCA

The Australian animal welfare officers urgently called Australia's national champions on Wednesday to shear a heavily overgrown sheep that was rescued by staff from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) near the capital of Canberra.   

The merino sheep, believed to be a male, is at risk for it's health due to the oversized wool. 

"It's definitely one of the biggest sheep we've ever seen," said Tammy Van Dange, head of the RSPCA in the Australian Capital Territory.

RSPCA wanted to shear the sheep as soon as they found it, but the sheep was so stressed and had possible medical conditions after living long years of solitude.

"He's pretty stressed out at the moment. We're trying to keep him calm and hopefully tomorrow [Thursday] we're going to sedate him and shear him," Dange said.

"Hopefully he doesn't go into shock during that process."

Following the call for shearing sheep, Australian Shearing Championship winner Ian Elkins responded to the appeal and put his hand up for it.

Elkins said removing the fleece "could be one of my biggest challenges yet," adding that the process could take between one and two hours.

"They sent through a photo and I've never seen such wool on a sheep before," he said.

Shortly before the announcement of Ian Elkins being volunteer for shearing of the sheep, Ven Dange said that "Ian Elkins was in touch with us just recently, and apparently he has won 110 open shearing competitions, so I think we have our man."

TRTWorld and agencies