News

Australian farmers could have world’s woolliest sheep

Australian farmers could have world’s woolliest sheep

Six-year-old Shaun the merino sheep may be the world's woolliest sheep. Photo: Reuters

By Samantha Mountford

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Two Australian farmers say that they may have found the world’s woolliest sheep, whose estimated 55 lb coat, if confirmed, could shatter the world record currently held by neighboring New Zealand.

Shaun the sheep was found on Sunday wandering in a country area near the town of Oatlands, 52 miles from Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the largely rural island state off Australia’s southeastern coast.

“He couldn’t see very well because of the wool over his face, so I snuck up behind him and grabbed ahold of him,” farmer Peter Hazell told reporters.

The six-year-old merino sheep had likely never been shorn in his life, the farmers said, but he was due to have a date with the clippers in the next few days.

The Australian farmers say they anticipate Shaun will overtake the current world record, held by a New Zealand sheep called Shrek.

(Reporting by Samantha Mountford; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Latest Headlines

19 mins ago in Music

This week’s top rock tracks

Fresh
fivefingerdeathpunch

LISTEN: This week's top rock songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

20 hours ago in Sports

The week’s best sports shots

Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning holds up the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos won 24-10. (AP Photo/Matt York)

A look back at some of the best plays and biggest moments in sports this week.

20 hours ago in Sports

The weekend sports schedule

kobebryantallstar

Here's a look at this weekend's sports schedule.

1 day ago in Music

Eagles of Death Metal schedules first concert since Paris massacre

eaglesofdeathmetal

Eagles of Death Metal, the band on stage during the deadliest of the Islamic State attacks in Paris in November last year, has scheduled its first concert since the massacre.

1 day ago in Sports

Kobe to headline All-Star Sunday

22-overlay-8

Kobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA's All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and welcomes Bryant for his swan song.